Transmission of judicial and extrajudicial documents between EU countries

 

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 on the service in EU countries of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THIS REGULATION?

It aims to put in place a fast, secure and standardised transmission procedure for judicial* and extrajudicial documents* in civil or commercial matters between parties located in different European Union (EU) countries.

KEY POINTS

Scope

Further improving the service (transmission) of judicial and extrajudicial documents

The regulation, which replaces Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 introduces:

Agencies within EU countries ensure transmission

Speeding up the serving of judicial and extrajudicial documents

Serving documents according to the law of the receiving EU country within 1 month

Informing the addressee about the right to refuse the document to be served

FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?

It has applied since 13 November 2008, except for Article 23 (on EU countries’ communication and publication of certain information) which has applied since 13 August 2008.

BACKGROUND

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* KEY TERMS

Judicial document: a legal document issued in the course of a civil or commercial lawsuit (for example a summons, a writ or a judgment) that must be served on a party).

Extrajudicial document: a legal document that is served but is outside the case file (for example, an invoice or an eviction notice).

MAIN DOCUMENT

Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 November 2007 on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (service of documents), and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 (OJ L 324, 10.12.2007, pp. 79-120)

Successive amendments to Council Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

last update 16.08.2016