Service out of the jurisdiction—methods of effecting service
Produced in partnership with Camilla McPherson
Service out of the jurisdiction—methods of effecting service

The following Dispute Resolution practice note produced in partnership with Camilla McPherson provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Service out of the jurisdiction—methods of effecting service
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) considerations
  • Requirement for valid service
  • Questions and answers
  • Methods of service—serving on a party in Scotland or Northern Ireland
  • Methods of service—serving on a party out of the UK
  • Service under the Hague Service Convention
  • Bilateral agreements
  • Service using diplomatic channels
  • Service on a State
  • More...

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

This Practice Note summarises the methods for effecting service of a claim form or other documents outside the jurisdiction. In relation to England and Wales, it sets out the relevant CPR rules and factors you need to consider. (Note that there are a number of different ways of approaching service out of the jurisdiction, some more formal than others). This Practice Note provides an overview of information on these methods together with information on some of the issues to consider when determining which method to use. 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 Wales and Serving outside the jurisdiction—service when no formal jurisdictional regime applies (is permission required?).

Practical considerations:

  1. if you are serving in accordance with the Convention on the service abroad of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (1965) (the

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