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Address

Central Authority(ies):

The Director of Courts

Contact details:

Address: The Director of Courts
Directorate of Courts
22 Kanfei Nesharin St.
Jerusalem 95464
P.O.B. 34142
Israel
Telephone: +972 (2) 655 6847
Fax: +972 (2) 655 6954
E-mail: [email protected]
General website: http://www.mfa.gov.il
Contact persons: Tamar David
Shlomo Kaplan
Orah Blum
Languages spoken by staff: English, Hebrew

Practical Information:

Forwarding authorities
(Art. 3(1)):
The Director of Courts (i.e. the Central Authority)
Methods of service
(Art. 5(1)(2)):

Service is effected either by registered post with a certificate of receipt of service or personally delivered by the clerks of the various Magistrate’s courts.

If the person to be served is not at the address given, the documents can be accepted by a member of the family who lives at the same address and appears to be at least 18 years old. In addition, if the documents are served by the clerk of the court, on his third visit to an address where no answer has been obtained, the clerk can post the document on the door of the intended recipient – and in this case this is regarded as legal service of the documents.

Documents intended for residents of the Palestinian Authority
Please note that documents intended for residents of the Palestinian Authority should be forwarded through the Director of Courts. This authority forwards the documents to the Palestinian Authority. However, the Palestinian Authority has issued regulations for the service of documents for inhabitants of the areas under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction:

a. The documents are to be translated into Arabic and Hebrew.
b. The request will include the full name (four names) of the recipient.
c. The request will include the Identification Number of the recipient.
d. The request will include the full address as far as possible.

Translation requirements
(Art. 5(3)):
Service requested under the Convention requires that the documents to be served are written in or translated into either Hebrew, English or Arabic.
Costs relating to execution of the request for service
(Art. 12):
No fees are charged by the Israeli authorities for service of documents under the Convention.
Time for execution of request: 3 to 6 months.
Judicial officers, officials or other competent persons
(Art. 10(b)):
The State of Israel, in its quality as State of destination, will, in what concerns Article 10, paragraphs b) and c), of the Convention, effect the service of judicial documents only through the Directorate of Courts, and only where an application for such service emanates from a judicial authority or from the diplomatic or consular representation of a Contracting State.
Oppositions and declarations
(Art. 21(2)):
Click here to read all the declarations made by Israel under the Service Convention.
Art. 8(2): No opposition
Art. 10(a): No opposition
Art. 10(b): Additional information - see declarations
Art. 10(c): Additional information - see declarations 
Art. 15(2): No 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)

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

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Useful links: The Judicial Authority

(This page was last updated on 17 December 2012)

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