Hague Service Convention—service outside the jurisdiction
Hague Service Convention—service outside the jurisdiction

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Hague Service Convention—service outside the jurisdiction
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) considerations
  • What is the Hague Service Convention and when does it apply?
  • Service of judicial documents—central authority
  • Questions and answers?
  • Service of judicial documents—central authority/documents required
  • Questions and answers
  • Service of judicial documents—central authority/State of Destination
  • Questions and answers
  • Service of judicial documents—central authority/costs
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): When serving documents outside the jurisdiction, this may be affected by the impact of coronavirus on the availability of both the domestic and overseas courts. For guidance see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) considerations below.

This Practice Note considers service of documents between contracting states pursuant to the Convention on the service abroad of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (1965) (the Hague Service Convention). For guidance as to whether the country in which service is to be effected is party to the Hague Service Convention, see: Which service regime applies—checklist.

The main channel for service in the Hague Service Convention is by way of Central Authorities nominated by each contracting state, but other methods are also available. Specific considerations arising out of CPR provisions in relation to England and Wales are addressed in the final section, see below: England and Wales—serving documents out of the jurisdiction and England and Wales—serving documents into the jurisdiction from foreign courts or tribunals.

This Practice Note does not deal with issues of jurisdiction or the question of whether the court’s permission is needed before documents can be served outside the jurisdiction. Before considering how to serve outside the jurisdiction, ensure you have referred to the following Practice Notes: Service out of the jurisdiction—process flow, Determining whether permission is required to serve the claim form out of England and

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