The Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (HCCH 1970 Evidence Convention) establishes two methods of co-operation between States Parties for the taking of evidence abroad in civil or commercial matters. The Convention provides effective means for the taking of evidence in cross-border circumstances, via (i) Letters of Request, and (ii) diplomatic or consular agents and Commissioners. By enabling a variety of mechanisms for the taking of evidence abroad, the Convention also provides an effective solution to overcoming differences between civil and common law systems in the taking of evidence. 

This specialised section contains a range of information on the Convention, including its full text, current status, and other practical information per Contracting Party, amongst others.

Explanatory documents:

Guide to Good Practice:

Recommended Model for Letters of Request:

Special Commissions:

Questionnaires and Responses:

Seminars / Webinars:

Taking of evidence by video-link:

See also: