paragraph 305 in volume 3, chapter 20, The Written Proceedings and Related Matters
There is no mention of counter-claims in the Statute, and the law on this subject is entirely judge-made law. The topic is now embodied in Article 80 of the Rules of Court revised in 1978 and further amended in 2000 with effect from 1 February 2001. In its current form, Article 80 reads:
- The Court may entertain a counter-claim [demande reconventionnelle] only if it comes within the jurisdiction of the Court and is directly connected with the subjectmatter of the claim of the other party.