Authorities

 Kuwait - Central Authority (Art. 2) and practical information
Address
Central Authority(ies):

Ministry of Justice

Contact details:
Address: The State of Kuwait
Ministry of Justice 
International Relations Department
Ministries Complex , Building No 14
P.O. Box 6, Safaat 13001
Kuwait City
Telephone: +965 2247 6381
+965 2248 6367
Fax: +965 2244 2475
E-mail: [email protected]
General website:  
Contact person:  
Languages spoken by staff: Arabic, English

Practical Information
Blocking statutes:  
Chapter I
(Letters of Requests)
Transmission of Letters of Requests: Letters of Request are first sent to the Central Authority of the requesting State before being sent to the Central Authority of the requested State. 
Authority responsible for informing of the time and place of the execution of Letter of Request (Art. 7): - Judicial authority competent to execute the request
- Central Authority
Presence of judicial personnel at the execution of the Letter of Request (Art. 8): No declaration.
Privileges and duties existing under the law of States other than the State of origin and the State of execution (Art. 11): No declaration.
Translation requirements (Arts 4(2) and 33):  No declaration.
Costs relating to execution of the Letters of Request (Arts 14(2)(3) and 26): No cost.
Time for execution: 4-6 months.
Art 23 pre-trial discovery of documents: No declaration.
Information about domestic rules on the taking of evidence:   
Witness examination under Chapter I
Should Letters of Request include specific questions to be used during witness examination or only a list of matters to be addressed? No specific questions.
Is it a public or private hearing? Private hearing.
Do the judicial authorities "blue-pencil" Letters of Requests (i.e. rephrase, restructure and / or strike out objectionable questions or offensive wording so that a Letter of Request may be executed under the laws of the requested State)? Each request is studied separately from others.
Is the witness provided in advance with a copy of the questions / matters to be addressed as contained in the Letter of Request? No.
Are documents produced by the witness authenticated by the court? Yes.
Is an oath generally administered to the witness? Yes.
Can the witness be made subject to further examination and recall? At the request of the competent authorities of the requesting State.
Are there sanctions for non-appearance of witness? No.
Must interpreters who assist with the witness examination be court-certified? Yes.
How is the testimony transcribed? It is made in writing.
Chapter II
(Taking of evidence by diplomatic officers, consular agents and commissioners)
Article 15 Applicable
Article 16 Applicable
Article 17 Applicable
Article 18 No declaration of applicability
Taking of evidence by video-links
(under either chapter)
 
Chapter I
Are there legal obstacles to the use of video links?  
Technology used:  
Level of interpretation required:  
Simultaneous or in sequence interpretation:  
Interpretation required in which jurisdiction?  
Who pays for the interpretation?  
How would a request for evidence be handled if witness not willing?  
Chapter II
Are there legal obstacles to the use of video links?  
Technology used:  
Level of interpretation required:  
Simultaneous or in sequence interpretation:  
Interpretation required in which jurisdiction?  
Who pays for the interpretation?  
Bilateral or multilateral agreements  
Useful links:  

(This page was last updated on 28 July 2014)

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