29: Convention of 25 October 1980 on International Access to Justice

Entry into force: 1-V-1988


Members of the Organisation

Albania

Albania - Central Authority (Art. 3, 4, 16)

the Directorate in charge of international judicial co-operation
at the Ministry of Justice

Belarus

Belarus - Central Authority (Art. 3, 4, 16)

the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus
ul. Kollektornaya, 10
220084 MINSK


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Central Authority (Art. 3, 4, 16)

Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Trg Bosne i Hercegovine 1
71000 SARAJEVO
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tel.: +387 (33) 281 576
Fax: +387 (33) 201 653
Contact person: Mrs Selma Horic
(language of communication: English)
Email: selma.horic@mpr.gov.ba
Internet: http://www.mpr.gov.ba/

(This page was last updated on 14 February 2014)

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4, 16)

Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Trg Bosne i Hercegovine 1
71000 SARAJEVO
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tel.: +387 (33) 281 576
Fax: +387 (33) 201 653
Contact person: Mrs Selma Horic
(language of communication: English)
Email: selma.horic@mpr.gov.ba
Internet: http://www.mpr.gov.ba/

(This page was last updated on 14 March 2014)


Brazil

Brazil - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4, 16)

Ministry of Justice
SCN - Quadra 6 - Ed. Venâncio 3.000 - Bloco A - 2o Andar
70716-900 Brasília (DF)
Brazil
Tel.: +55 (61) 2025 8900
Email: cooperacaocivil@mj.gov.br
Internet: www.mj.gov.br

Contact person:

  • Ricardo Andrade Saadi, Director
    Department of Assets Recovery and International Legal Cooperation
    (languages of communication: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish)

(This page was last updated on 9 January 2015)

Brazil - Central Authority

Ministry of Justice
SCN - Quadra 6 - Ed. Venâncio 3.000 - Bloco A - 2o Andar
70716-900 Brasília (DF)
Brazil
Tel.: +55 (61) 2025 8900
Email: cooperacaocivil@mj.gov.br
Internet: www.mj.gov.br

Contact person:

  • Ms. Silvia Amelia Fonseca de Oliveira, Director
    Department of Assets Recovery and International Legal Cooperation
    (languages of communication: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish)

Bulgaria

Bulgaria - Central Authority (Art. 3, 16)

Ministry of Justice 
1, Slavyanska str.
1040 SOFIA
Bulgaria 
Telephone: +359 2 923 7544
Fax: +359 2 980 9222 
E-mail:  B_Beliakova@justice.government.bg / k_voinov@justice.government.bg
Website: www.justice.government.bg
Contact persons: Biliana Beliakova, Krasimir Voinov
Languages of communication: English, French, German

Bulgaria - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4, 16)

Ministry of Justice 
1, Slavyanska str.
1040 SOFIA
Bulgaria 
Telephone: +359 2 923 7544
Fax: +359 2 980 9222 
E-mail:  B_Beliakova@justice.government.bg / k_voinov@justice.government.bg
Website: www.justice.government.bg
Contact persons: Biliana Beliakova, Krasimir Voinov
Languages of communication: English, French, German


Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Central Authority

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship
Legal Directorate

Contact person:
Natalia Córdoba Ulate
Directora, Dirección Jurídica
Teléfono: (506) 2539-5527
ncordoba@rree.go.cr

Lourdes Isabel Bravo Bolivar
Encargada, Cooperación Jurídica, Dirección Jurídica
Teléfono: (506) 2539-5335
Ibravo@rree.go.cr

Katherine Contreras
Secretaria, Dirección Jurídica
Teléfono: (506) 2539-5447
kcontreras@rree.go.cr

Croatia

Croatia - Central Authority (Art. 3)

Ministry of Justice and Administration of the Republic of Croatia
Ulica grada Vukovara 49
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
Tel.: + 385 1 3714 194
Fax: + 385 1 3714 588
Email: besplatna.pravna.pomoc@mpu.hr
Website: https://pravosudje.gov.hr/
Contact person: Jasminka Bertović, Ivana Klanjčić
Languages of communication: Croatian, English

Croatia - Transmitting Authorities (Art. 4, 16)

Ministry of Justice and Administration of the Republic of Croatia
Ulica grada Vukovara 49
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
Tel.: + 385 1 3714 194
Fax: + 385 1 3714 588
Email: besplatna.pravna.pomoc@mpu.hr
Website: https://pravosudje.gov.hr/
Contact person: Jasminka Bertović, Ivana Klanjčić
Languages of communication: Croatian, English


Cyprus

Cyprus - Central Authority (Art. 3, 16)

Ministry of Justice and Public Order
125, Athalassas Avenue
CY-1461 Nicosia
tel.: +357 2280 5951
fax: +357 (22) 518 356
e-mail: registry@mjpo.gov.cy
Languages of communication: Greek, English

(This page was last updated on 29 July 2014)

Cyprus - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4, 16)

Ministry of Justice and Public Order
125, Athalassas Avenue
CY-1461 Nicosia
tel.: +357 2280 5951
fax: +357 (22) 518 356
e-mail: registry@mjpo.gov.cy
Languages of communication: Greek, English

(This page was last updated on 29 July 2014)


Czech Republic

Czech Republic - Central Authority (Art. 3, 16)

Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic  
Vyšehradská 16
128 10  Prague 2
Czech Republic 
Telephone: +420 221 997 925 
Fax: + 420 221 997 919
E-mail: moc@msp.justice.cz 
Website: www.justice.cz
Language(s) of communication: English, German, French

(This page was last updated on 26 November 2008)

Czech Republic - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4, 16)

Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic  
Vyšehradská 16
128 10  Prague 2
Czech Republic 
Telephone: +420 221 997 925 
Fax: + 420 221 997 919
E-mail: moc@msp.justice.cz 
Website: www.justice.cz
Language(s) of communication: English, German, French

(This page was last updated on 26 November 2008)


Estonia

Estonia - Central Authority

Ministry of Justice
Suur-Ameerika 1, 
15006 Tallinn
Estonia
tel.: +372 620 8100
fax: +372 620 8109
e-mail: central.authority@just.ee
general website: www.just.ee

Contact person / Personne à contacter :

  • Ms Anastasia ANTONOVA, Adviser
    International Judicial Co-operation Unit
    Ministry of Justice
    tel.: +372 620 8183
    e-mail: central.authority@just.ee

(This page was last updated on 22 August 2017)


Finland

Finland - Central Authority (Art. 3, 16)

Ministry of Justice
Unit for International Judicial Cooperation
P.O. Box 25
FIN-00023 Government
Finland
Telephone: +358 (9) 1606 7628
Fax: +358 (9) 1606 7524
E-mail: central.authority.om@gov.fi
General website: https://oikeusministerio.fi/en/international-legal-assistance
Languages spoken by staff: Finnish, Swedish, English

Finland - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4)

Ministry of Justice
Unit for International Judicial Cooperation
P.O. Box 25
FIN-00023 Government
Finland
Telephone: +358 (9) 1606 7628
Fax: +358 (9) 1606 7524
E-mail: central.authority.om@gov.fi
General website: https://oikeusministerio.fi/en/international-legal-assistance
Languages spoken by staff: Finnish, Swedish, English


France

France - Central Authority (Art. 3, 4, 16)

Ministère de la Justice
Direction des Affaires Civiles et du Sceau
Bureau du droit de l'Union, du droit international privé et de l'entraide civile (BDIP)
13, Place Vendôme
75042 Paris Cedex 01
Téléphone : +33 (1) 44 77 61 05
Fax : +33 (1) 44 77 61 22
Courriel : entraide-civile-internationale@justice.gouv.fr
Site Internet : www.entraide-civile-internationale.justice.gouv.fr
Personne à contacter / person to contact: Chef de bureau
Langues de communication / languages of communication: français, anglais / French, English

(This page was last updated on 24 November 2015)

France - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4, 16)

Ministère de la Justice
Direction des Affaires Civiles et du Sceau
13, Place Vendôme
75042 Paris Cedex 01
Téléphone : +33 (1) 44 77 61 05
Fax : +33 (1) 44 77 61 22
Courriel : entraide-civile-internationale@justice.gouv.fr
Site Internet : www.entraide-civile-internationale.justice.gouv.fr
Personne à contacter / person to contact: Chef de bureau
Langues de communication / languages of communication: français, anglais / French, English

(This page was last updated on 24 November 2015)


Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan - Central Authority

The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Address: 8, Mangilik Yel avenue
010000, Astana, Kazakhstan
Telephone: +7 (7172) 74-07-97
Fax: +7 (7172) 74-09-54
E-mail: kanc@adilet.gov.kz
Website: http://www.adilet.gov.kz

The Department for the provision of courts’ activity under the Supreme Court of Republic of Kazakhstan
Address: 39, Kunayev street
010000, Astana, Kazakhstan
Telephone: +7 (7172) 71-01-67
E-mail: protocol@sud.kz
Website: http://sud.gov.kz


Latvia

Latvia - Central Authority (Art. 3, 16)

Ministry of Justice
Brivibas blvd. 36
RIGA, LV - 1536
Latvia
tel.: +371 67036824;
fax: +371 67210823
e-mail: tm.kanceleja@tm.gov.lv; central.authority@tm.gov.lv
website: http://www.tm.gov.lv/en/
languages of communication: English, Russian, Latvian
Contact person: Ms Baiba Jugane-Lintere

Latvia - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4, 16)

Ministry of Justice
Brivibas blvd 36
RIGA, LV - 1536
Latvia
tel.: +371 67036824; +371 67036866; +371 67036812
fax: +371 67210823
e-mail: tm.kanceleja@tm.gov.lv
website: http://www.tm.gov.lv/en/
languages of communication: English, Russian, Latvian
contact person: Mrs Vineta Lecinska-Krutko

(This page was last updated on 10 March 2014)

Lithuania

Lithuania - Central Authority (Art. 3, 4, 16)

Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania
Gedimino ave. 30
LT - 01104 VILNIUS
Lithuania
Telephone: +370 (5) 266 2940
Fax: +370 (5) 262 5940
E-mail: tbs@tm.lt
Website: www.tm.lt
Language(s) of communication: Lithuanian, English, French, Russian
Contact person: Ms Andrada Bavejan, Head of International Co-operation, Division of International Law Department

(This page was last updated on 13 July 2012)

Lithuania - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4, 16)

Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania 
Gedimino ave. 30/1
LT - 01104 VILNIUS
Lithuania 
Telephone: +370 (5) 266 2940
Fax: +370 (5) 262 5940
E-mail: tbs@tm.lt
Website: www.tm.lt  
Language(s) of communication: Lithuanian, French, English, Russian 

Contact person: 

  • Andrada Bavejan
    Head of the International Co-operation Division
    International Law Department

(This page was last updated on 10 August 2012)


Luxembourg

Luxembourg - Central Authority (Art. 3, 16)

The Ministry of Justice shall be charged with the duties of the Central Authority referred to in Article 3 of the Convention as well as the duties of the transmitting authorities referred to in Articles 4 and 16 of the Convention:

Ministère de la Justice
Centre administratif Pierre Werner
13, rue Erasme
L-2934 Luxembourg
Telephone: +352 2478 4039 
Fax: +352 22 52 96 
Internet: www.mj.public.lu 
Language of communication : French
Contact person: Nathalie SOLAGNA  

The Procurator General shall be charged with the duties of the Central Authority referred to in the second paragraph of Article 16 of the Convention:

Le Procureur général d'Etat
Cité judiciaire
Plateau du St.-Esprit
L-2080 Luxembourg
Telephone: 00 352 47 59 81-2336
Fax: 00 352 47 05 50
E-mail: parquet.general@justice.etat.lu 
Internet: http://www.justice.public.lu/
Language(s) of communication : French, German, English
Contact person:
Mme Monique SCHMITZ, Avocat général
tél.: +352 47 59 81-2336/2393
en son absence / in her absence:
Avocat général de permanence

Without prejudice to the Central Authority's powers to enlist the services of a lawyer, the public prosecutor in the place of domicile or residence of the defendant shall be competent to institute and pursue any proceedings with the object of enforcing an order for payment of costs and expenses as provided for in Article 15 of the Convention.

The Procurator General shall have the same powers in the event of proceedings before the Court of Appeal or the Court of Cassation.

Luxembourg - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4, 16)

Ministère de la Justice
13, rue Erasme
L - 1468 Luxembourg 
Telephone: +352 2478 4039 
Fax: +352 22 52 96
Internet: www.mj.public.lu 
Language of communication : French
Contact person: Nathalie SOLAGNA 

Malta

Malta - Central Authority (Art. 3)

Office of the State Advocate,
16, Casa Scaglia,
Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli
Valletta, VLT 1311
MALTA
Tel: + 356 2226 5000
Email: info@stateadvocate.mt
Languages of communication: English and Maltese

Malta - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4, 16)

Office of the State Advocate,
16, Casa Scaglia,
Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli
Valletta, VLT 1311
MALTA
Tel: + 356 2226 5000
Email: info@stateadvocate.mt
Languages of communication: English and Maltese


Netherlands

Netherlands - Central Authority (Art. 3, 16)

The Government of the Netherlands has designated as Central Authority referred to in Article 3 and Article 16, paragraph 2, of the Convention, the legal aid bureau of the judicial area of the Court of Justice of The Hague.

Contact details: 

Raad voor Rechtsbijstand
Croeselaan 15
3512 BJ Utrecht
PO Box 24080
3502 MB Utrecht

Telephone: +31 (88) 787 1000
e-mail: i.dreef@rvr.org
Website: www.rvr.org
Language(s) of communication: English, German, French 
Contact person: Mrs. I.R. Dreef

Netherlands - Transmitting Authorities (Art. 4, 16)

The Government of the Netherlands has designated as authority, referred to in Article 4 and Article 16, paragraph 1, of the Convention, the legal aid bureau in the judicial area of each Court of Justice.

Contact details:

  • Raad voor Rechtsbijstand
    Croeselaan 15, 3512 BJ Utrecht
    PO Box 24080, 3502 MB Utrecht
    Telephone: +31 (88) 787 1320 
    e-mail: i.dreef@rvr.org
    Website: www.rvr.org
    Language(s) of communication: English, German, French 
    Contact person: Mrs. I.R. Dreef


North Macedonia

Republic of North Macedonia - Central Authority (Art. 3)

Ministry of Justice


Poland

Poland - Central Authority (Art. 3, 16)

Ministerstwo Sprawiedliwości  (Ministry of Justice)
Departament Współpracy Międzynarodowej i Praw Człowieka (Department for International Cooperation and Human Rights)
Al. Ujazdowskie 11
00-950 Warszawa (Warsaw)
Poland

Telephone: +48 22 2390 870
Fax: +48 22 6280 949

E-mail: Sekretariat.dwmpc@ms.gov.pl; Barbara.Kasperska@ms.gov.pl
Website: https://www.gov.pl/web/sprawiedliwosc 

Contact persons:

  • Ms Barbara Kasperska

Languages of communication: Polish, English, French, Russian

Poland - Transmitting Authorities (Art. 4)

Presidents of Regional Courts (Prezes Sadu Okregowego)

Romania

Romania - Central Authority (Art. 3, 16)

1. In accordance with Article 3 of the Convention, the Ministry of Justice is the Romanian Central Authority competent to receive, and take action on, application for legal aid submitted under this Convention.
2. In accordance with Article 4 of the Convention, the Ministry of Justice is the Romanian transmitting authority for the purpose of forwarding applications for legal aid to the appropriate Central Authority in the requested State.
3. In accordance with Article 16 of the Convention, the Ministry of Justice is the Romanian transmitting authority for the purpose of forwarding to the appropriate Central Authority in the requested State applications for rendering enforceable orders to which Article 15 applies, as well as to receive such applications and to take the appropriate steps to ensure that a final decision on them is reached.

Ministry of Justice
Department of International Law and Treaties
Unit of judicial co-operation in civil and commercial matters
Strada Apollodor 17
Sector 5 BUCURESTI
Cod 050741
Romania
Tel: +40372041077, +403742041078 (director’s office)
Tel: +40372041083, +40372041217, +40372041218
Fax: +4037204 1079
Internet: http://www.just.ro/
E-mail: ddit@just.ro
Contact person: Viviana ONACA Ph.d., Director
Languages of communication: Romanian, English, French

(This page was last updated on 22 January 2010)

Romania - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4, 16)

1. In accordance with Article 3 of the Convention, the Ministry of Justice is the Romanian Central Authority competent to receive, and take action on, application for legal aid submitted under this Convention.
2. In accordance with Article 4 of the Convention, the Ministry of Justice is the Romanian transmitting authority for the purpose of forwarding applications for legal aid to the appropriate Central Authority in the requested State.
3. In accordance with Article 16 of the Convention, the Ministry of Justice is the Romanian transmitting authority for the purpose of forwarding to the appropriate Central Authority in the requested State applications for rendering enforceable orders to which Article 15 applies, as well as to receive such applications and to take the appropriate steps to ensure that a final decision on them is reached.

Ministry of Justice
Department of International Law and Treaties
Unit of judicial co-operation in civil and commercial matters
Strada Apollodor 17
Sector 5 BUCURESTI
Cod 050741
Romania
Tel: +40372041077, +403742041078 (director’s office)
Tel: +40372041083, +40372041217, +40372041218
Fax: +4037204 1079
Internet: http://www.just.ro/
E-mail: ddit@just.ro
Contact person: Viviana ONACA Ph.d., Director
Languages of communication: Romanian, English, French

(This page was last updated on 22 January 2010)


Serbia

Serbia - Central Authority (Art. 3, 4, 16)

The Central Authority receiving or dispatching requests for legal assistance, in accordance with Articles 3 and 4 of the Convention on International Access to Justice, as well as central authority receiving and dispatching requests in accordance with Article 16 of the Convention, are as follows: 

Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia
Sector for international legal assistance
Department for international legal assistance in civil matters
Nemanjina 22/26 Str.
11000 Belgrade
Republic of Serbia
Tel +381 (11) 2685 672 / +381 (11) 3631 078
Fax: +381 (11) 3622 352

Contact persons: 


Slovakia

Slovakia - Central Authority (Art. 3, 16)

Central Authority designated under Article 3 :

Centrum právnej pomoci (Centre for Legal Aid)
Kancelária Bratislava
Račianska 71
P.O. BOX 18
813 11 BRATISLAVA
Slovakia
Tel.: +421 2 496 835 03 / +421 2 496 835 09
Fax: +421 2 496 835 20
Email: info@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk
Internet: www.cpp.finalarea.com
Contact person: JUDr. Zuzana Kubovičová, Director
Languages of communication: Slovak, English

Central Authority designated under Article 16 :

Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic
Račianska 71
813 11 Bratislava
Slovakia
Tel.: +421 2 88891358
E-mail: civil.inter.coop@justice.sk
Internet: www.justice.gov.sk
Contact persons: Mgr. Soňa Gálová, Mgr. Martina Kállayová
Languages of communication: Slovak, Czech, English

Slovakia - Transmitting Authorities (Art. 4, 16)

The Slovak Republic designates as the transmitting authority under Article 4 of the Convention for the purpose of forwarding applications for legal aid:

a) Ministerstvo spravodlivosti Slovenskej republiky
(Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic)
Odbor medzinárodného práva súkromného a procesného
(Private International Law Division)
Račianska 71
813 11 BRATISLAVA
Slovakia
Tel:+421 2 88891358
Email: civil.inter.coop@justice.sk  

Contact persons:

  • Mgr. Soňa Gálová
    (languages of communication: English)
  • Mgr. Martina Kállayová
    (languages of communication: English)

b) (as of 1 March 2004) all District Courts ("Okresný súd") of the Slovak Republic.

The Slovak Republic designates as the transmitting authority under Article 16 of the Convention for the purpose of forwarding for rendering enforceable orders to which Article 15 of the Convention applies, the following:

a) the judicial Treasury by the Regional Court in Bratislava:
Justicná pokladnica pri Krajskom súde v Bratislave 
Záhradnícka 10
813 66 BRATISLAVA
Slovak Republic
Telephone: +4212 50118 111 
Fax: +4212 50118 168  
E-mail: ksba@justice.sk
Contact person: Mgr. Igor Hanuliak 
(for applications in cases where the State is entitled to benefit from the order)

b) the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic (in all other cases).


Slovenia

Slovenia - Central Authority (Art. 3, 4, 16)

Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia
Župančičeva ulica 3
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
tel.: +386 1 369 53 94
fax: +386 1 369 52 33
e-mail: gp.mp@gov.si
website / site internet: https://www.gov.si/drzavni-organi/ministrstva/ministrstvo-za-pravosodje/ 

Contact person / Personne à contacter:

  • mag. Špela Štebal Renčelj
    Head of Department for Mutual Legal Assistance
    Languages of communication / langues de communications: English, German, French

Spain

Spain - Central Authority (Art. 3, 16)

Ministerio de Justicia
Subdirección General de Cooperación Jurídica Internacional
C/San Bernardo 62
28071 MADRID
Spain

Email: sgcji@mjusticia.es
Website: http://www.mjusticia.gob.es/
Languages of communication: Spanish, English

Spain - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4)

Subdirección General de Cooperación Jurídica Internacional
Ministerio de Justicia
Calle San Bernardo nº 62
28071 MADRID
Spain
Telephone: +34 (91) 3904440 / 4424
Fax: +34 (91) 3904457
E-mail: enrique.deharo@mjusticia.es
Website: http://www.mjusticia.es/
Language(s) of communication: Spanish, French, English
Contact person: Mr Enrique de Haro Fernández

(This page was last updated on 9 December 2008)


Sweden

Sweden - Central Authority (Art. 3, 16)

As from 1 October 2000 the Central Authority, meaning the receiving authority, competent authority and transmitting authority, concerning [this Convention] has been changed from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to the Ministry of Justice:

Ministry of Justice, Division for Criminal Cases and International Judicial Co-operation, Central Authority,
S-103 39 Stockholm
Sweden
Telephone: +46 (8) 405 45 00 (secretariat)
Fax:  +46 (8) 405 46 76
E-mail: ju.birs@regeringskansliet.se
Website: http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/1915
Languages: Swedish and English

(This page was last updated on 7 March 2014)

Sweden - Transmitting Authority (Art. 4, 16)

As from 1 October 2000 the Central Authority, meaning the receiving authority, competent authority and transmitting authority, concerning [this Convention] has been changed from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to the Ministry of Justice:

Ministry of Justice, Division for Criminal Cases and International Judicial Co-operation, Central Authority,
S-103 39 Stockholm
Sweden
Telephone: +46 (8) 405 45 00 (secretariat)
Fax:  +46 (8) 405 46 76
E-mail: ju.birs@regeringskansliet.se
Website: http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/1915
Languages: Swedish and English

(This page was last updated on 7 March 2014)


Switzerland

Switzerland - Central Authorities (Art. 3, 4, 16)

Cantonal Central Authorities

A list of the Central Cantonal Authorities including their address and phone/fax numbers can be consulted online at the following address:  https://www.rhf.admin.ch/rhf/fr/home/zivilrecht/behoerden/zentralbehoerden.html.

To determine the Central Authority competent by reason of its location, the database of the Swiss localities and Courts can be consulted online at the following address: http://www.elorge.admin.ch.


Non-Member Parties of the Organisation