Portugal - Central Authority & practical information

Central Authority(ies):

Direcção-Geral da Administração da Justiça - Ministério da Justiça 
(Directorate-General of Justice Administration - Ministry of Justice)

Contact details:
Address: Direcção-Geral da Administração da Justiça
Av. D. João II, nº 1.08.01 D/E 
Pisos 0, 9º ao 14º
1990-097 Lisbon
Telephone: +351 217906200
Fax: +351 211545116
E-mail: [email protected]
General website:
Contact person:  
Languages spoken by staff: Portuguese, French, English, Spanish

Practical Information:
(The following information was provided by the relevant State authorities or was obtained from the replies to the 2003 and/or Service Convention Questionnaires)

Forwarding authorities
(Art. 3(1)):
The Central Authority and the courts.
Methods of service
(Art. 5(1)(2)):

The Central Authority forwards the documents to the court competent to perform the service, usually the court of the area in which the addressee normally resides. The methods prescribed by our domestic law for the service of documents in domestic actions are the following: service by registered mail with advice of receipt, service by regular mail in case of failure of the service by registered mail, personal service by a court clerk, personal service by a court clerk at a set time in case the clerk does not find the addressee at his domicile. Once the service has been performed, the documents are sent back to the Central Authority, which in turn transmits them to the Central Authority or law officials of the requesting State.

For more information on methods of service, see European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters – Service of documents – Portugal.

Translation requirements
(Art. 5(3)):

Translation of the document to be served, as well as the document’s summary and annexes thereto are required.

Portugal concluded an agreement with Spain on Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Criminal Matters.

Costs relating to execution of the request for service
(Art. 12):

In case of personal service by a court clerk no costs are incurred. Should the court opt for postal service then it is responsible for any costs incurred without possibility of reimbursement.

Portugal will invoke Article 12(2)(b) of the Convention only if the applicant requests a particular method of service in which an expert is needed. 

Time for execution of request: Between 15 days and 1 month.
Oppositions and declarations
(Art. 21(2)):
Click here to read all the declarations and reservations made by Portugal under this Convention
Art. 8(2): Opposition
Art. 10(a): No opposition
Art. 10(b): No opposition
Art. 10(c): No opposition
Art. 15(2): Declaration of applicability
Art. 16(3): Declaration of applicability

Derogatory channels (bilateral or multilateral agreements or internal law permitting other transmission channels)
(Arts. 11, 19, 24 and 25)

Information may not be complete or fully updated – please contact the relevant authorities to verify this information.

Bilateral conventions on judicial co-operation: Angola (30 August 1995); Cape Verde (2 February 2003); China (People’s Republic of, including Macao) (1 July 2001); Guinea-Bissau (5 July 1988), Mozambique (12 April 1990); Sao Tome and Principe (23 March 1976); Spain (19 November 1997); United Kingdom (London, 9 July 1931 – Articles 2 to 5).

Council Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (Strasbourh, 13 November 2007) (European Judicial Atlas – Service of Documents).

Useful links:

Gabinete de Documentação e Direito Comparado

International Affairs Department - Portuguese Directorate-General for Justice Policy - Ministry of Justice

(This page was last updated on 14 April 2010)