Estland - Zentrale Behörde und praktische Information

Central Authority(ies):

The Estonian Ministry of Justice

Contact details:
Address: Ministry of Justice
Suur-Ameerika 1, 
15006 Tallinn
Telephone: +372 6 208 186
Fax: +372 6 208 109
General website:
Contact person: Ms Anastasia ANTONOVA, Adviser
International Judicial Co-operation Unit
Ministry of Justice
tel.: +372 620 8183
Languages spoken by staff: Estonian, English, Russian 


Practical Information:

Forwarding authorities
(Art. 3(1)):
Ministry of Justice
Methods of service
(Art. 5(1)(2)):

After the requests arrive at the Ministry of Justice, we firstly check the request and the documents, and if the request and documents are correct, we forward the documents to the court situated in the area where the addressee is for execution.
The manners of service of procedural documents are stipulated in Chapter 34 of the Code of Civil procedure:
Section 311 Service of procedural documents in court premises;
Section 311(1) Electronic service of procedural documents;
Section 312 Service of procedural documents through postal service provider;
Section 313 Service of procedural documents by registered letter;
Section 314 Service of procedural documents by unregistered letter or fax;
Section 315 Service of procedural documents through bailiff, court official, another person or institution;
Section 315(1) Service of procedural documents arranged by participant in proceeding;
Section 316 Service of procedural documents in foreign states and on extra-territorial citizens of Republic of Estonia;
Section 316(1) Implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council;
Section 317 Public service of procedural documents.
The certificate of service or non-service is returned by the court to the Ministry of Justice and then forwarded with the annexed documents to the requesting State.

European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters – Service of documents – Estonia

Translation requirements
(Art. 5(3)):
Requests for service have to be in Estonian, English or French, but the the documetns to be served must be in Estonian or English.
Costs relating to execution of the request for service
(Art. 12):

Generally documents are served without charge.
One exception to this is that procedural documents may be served through a bailiff (i.e. when forced service is requested). A fee of 30 euros to 60 euros is charged for service through bailiff. In all cases the "invoice" (incl. payment information, deadline, etc.) is added to the documents to be returned to the applicant. 

European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters – Service of documents – Estonia – question 8

Time for execution of request: Approximately 3-6 months as the service of documents depends of the circumstances.
Judicial officers, officials or other competent persons (Art. 10(b)): Estonian courts
Oppositions and declarations
(Art. 21(2)):
Click here to read all the declarations and reservations made by Estonia under this Convention.
Art. 8(2): No opposition
Art. 10(a): No opposition
Art. 10(b): No opposition
Art. 10(c): 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.

For more information on bilateral agreements on judicial co-operation, please click on Legislation regulating service of judicial and extrajudicial documents.

Council Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (Strasbourg, 13 November 2007)

Useful links:
International judicial cooperation - Ministry of Justice
International Judicial Co-operation in Civil and Commercial Matters – Ministry of Justice.

(This page was last updated on 22 August 2017)

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