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Under the Hague Convention can someone in the USA serve documents by post on someone in the UK? Is there any guidance as to the difference between official and unofficial service?

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Published on LexisPSL on 11/05/2017

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  • Under the Hague Convention can someone in the USA serve documents by post on someone in the UK? Is there any guidance as to the difference between official and unofficial service?

Under the Hague Convention can someone in the USA serve documents by post on someone in the UK? Is there any guidance as to the difference between official and unofficial service?

The USA and the UK are both contracting states to the Hague Service Convention. This sets out a service regime for the service of both judicial and extrajudicial documents between contracting states. For general information, see Practice Note: Hague Service Convention—service outside the jurisdiction.

It is important to be aware that while the convention covers a number of different methods for service of documents, contracting states may make reservations, declarations or notifications as to the application of the convention for service in their country. This information is available in the HCCH website—status table. Each contracting state is listed and where it has made a reservation, declaration or notification this is provided as a hyperlink which will take you through to a page with detailed information. The page detailing the UK’s declaration is available

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