Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial
Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters
The Hague Convention on international process service is a
mechanism to allows for the service of papers issued from the
court in one county on the Recipient in another.
The Convention only applies to countries that adhere to the same.
For those countries it facilitates a method of service that
is more difficult to challenge in the court of origin as it
equates to 'good service'.
The procedure is logical in theory but will seldom yield results
The instructing Lawyer will send
the completed Hague paperwork and court documentation to the
relevant Court or High Court situated in the relevant country, they oversee service
through the system and send the Hague certificate of
service back to the client which should be a simple process
However, the procedure is far from efficient and the papers are
normally not served.
Those involved in matters
concerning the Service of Documents via the Hague Convention
normally have to find alternative means of having papers served.
Put simply we can stop the
ineffectiveness of international Process Serving:
- Papers will be served to
- Papers will not come back
with 'non-service' for no explained reason
- Progress reports are
- Important court deadlines
will not be missed
- Papers will be served correctly
- The correct papers will be served
- The procedure will not take months
- The procedure will be cost
The basic legal
method proposed by the Hague Convention using Private Process
Servers or Bailiffs
By the use of a “Alternative or
decentralised”, (taken from the Hague Convention of 1965
deregulations, of Art. 10.)
This article offers the use of Local Bailiffs or International
Private Process servers.
The basic legal
method using the Hague Convention AND Private Process Servers or
Bailiffs (only suitable for certain countries).
- Email European Process in
advance with full Hague Request, Documents and funds.
- We will inform the Central
Authority of the case and seek their approval to serve the
- We will collect documents
and undertake service as required by applicable Procedure
- The return (affidavit) of
service is returned to the Central Authority.
- The Hague Certificate and
related documentation is returned to us
- We will courier the
documentation to you.