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Convention on the service abroad of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters

List of changes in the last year.

Reservations, declarations and objections(13 May 2020)

Nicaragua, 20-04-2020

Article 2 Nicaragua interprets the Convention’s provisions as being applicable as well to family law, in accordance with Article 1 of said Convention, in view of the fact that at the date of the Convention’s signature family-law institutions were part of civil law, so that Nicaragua understands that it was the intention of the Parties not to exclude family-law matters. Article 3 Nicaragua declares that it is opposed to the service of judicial documents within its territory under Article 8, second paragraph of the Convention. Article 4 Nicaragua declares that it objects to the forms and channels of sending and service of documents set out in Article 10 (a), (b) and (c) of the Convention. Article 5 Nicaragua declares that it accepts the provisions of Article 15, second paragraph of the Convention. Article 6 Nicaragua declares that in accordance with Article 16, third paragraph of the Convention, an application for relief will not be entertained if it is filed after the expiration of a period of one year following the date that the judgment has been entered.

Parties(4 March 2020)

Party Signature Provisional application Ratification

S=Signature without reservation or requirement of ratification
R=Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Notification
A=Accession
Su=Succession
NK=Not Known

Entry into force Renunciation Termination
Philippines 04-03-2020 (T) 01-10-2020

Authorities Philippines(4 March 2020)

04-03-2020

Pursuant to Article 2 of the Service Convention […] the authority competent to perform the functions referred to in the Convention: Competent Authority: Office of the Court Administrator Supreme Court of the Philippines

Treaty data(14 February 2020)

Parliamentary paper
12865 (R948)

Reservations, declarations and objections(14 February 2020)

United States of America, 28-01-2020

(…) inform the Ministry (…) of certain developments regarding the way judicial assistance is afforded to foreign tribunals and to litigants before such tribunals by the Government of the United States of America. The Department of Justice of the United States of America has informed the Department of State that its Office of International Judicial Assistance has renewed its contract for service of international judicial and extrajudicial documents with ABC Legal Services (ABC Legal). The new contract started on January 15, 2020, with options to extend through January 31, 2025. Since 2003, the Department of Justice has assigned the ministerial act of serving and transmitting documents in response to service requests submitted pursuant to the Hague Service Convention to ABC Legal (formerly known as PFI or Process Forwarding International). The U.S. Central Authority remains the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of International Judicial Assistance, notwithstanding the assignment of certain service functions to a private contractor. ABC Legal ceased operating as Process Forwarding International (PFI) and thus all service requests should refer only to ABC Legal Services. All requests for service on private individuals and companies should be mailed to ABC Legal at the address below or submitted electronically: ABC Legal Services 633 Yesler Way Seattle, WA 98104 United States of America Telephone: (001) 206-521-9000 E-mail: internationalinfo@abclegal.com Website: https://www.abclegal.com/international-service-of-process Requests for service on the United States Government itself, which includes its officials (when named in an official capacity), departments, agencies, or instrumentalities, should be mailed directly to the Department of Justice's Office of International Judicial Assistance: Office of International Judicial Assistance U.S. Department of Justice Benjamin Franklin Station P.O. Box 14360 Washington, D.C. 20044 United States of America Telephone: (001) 202-514-6700 E-mail: OIJA@usdoj.gov Website: https://www.justice.gov/civil/office-international-judicial-assistance-5 ABC Legal is responsible for executing requests for service in the following areas: the United States (the 50 states and the District of Columbia), Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Requests for service of judicial or extrajudicial documents on private individuals and companies that are sent pursuant to the Hague Service Convention must include a $95.00 payment. Failure to include proof of the required payment may result in rejection of the request for service. In addition to complying with the relevant requirements for the method of service chosen, requests should provide a contact email and phone number for the foreign applicant so ABC Legal can attempt to correct any deficiencies before returning a request unexecuted, if needed. ABC Legal can accept requests for service by email or uploaded online through their website so long as proof of payment is included, or if payment is made online. The Hague Service Convention Model Form must be included in all requests for service transmitted under that Convention. For detailed information on requests for service, please visit the Office of International Judicial Assistance's website at https://www.justice.gov/civil/office-international-judicial-assistance-0 and ABC Legal's updated website at https://www.abclegal.com/international-service-of-process. The United States notes there is no requirement under U.S. Federal law that requests for service on private individuals and companies in the United States be sent to ABC Legal for execution. The United States has no objection to the informal delivery of such documents by members of diplomatic or consular missions in the United States, or through mail, or by private persons - if effective under applicable law - provided no compulsion is used.

Parties(22 November 2019)

Party Signature Provisional application Ratification

S=Signature without reservation or requirement of ratification
R=Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Notification
A=Accession
Su=Succession
NK=Not Known

Entry into force Renunciation Termination
Austria 22-11-2019

Reservations, declarations and objections(20 September 2019)

Malta, 17-09-2019

[…] the date on which the aforementioned Convention became applicable to the Republic of Malta is 17 July 2018, on submission of NV 26/2018, in line with Article 3 of Council Decision (EU) 2016/414 of 10 March 2016 authorising the Republic of Malta to accede to the aforementioned Convention.

Reservations, declarations and objections(11 September 2019)

Japan, 21-12-2018

In accordance with the provisions of Article 21 of the Convention, the Government of Japan hereby gives notice of its declaration of opposition to Article 8 and Article 10(a).

Authorities Nicaragua(21 August 2019)

20-08-2019

Central authority Supreme Court of Justice

Parties(25 July 2019)

Party Signature Provisional application Ratification

S=Signature without reservation or requirement of ratification
R=Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Notification
A=Accession
Su=Succession
NK=Not Known

Entry into force Renunciation Termination
Nicaragua 24-07-2019 (T) 01-02-2020

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