Andorra - Central Authority & practical information

Central Authority:

International Relations and Legal Cooperation Service
at the Ministry of Justice and Interior

Contact details:

Address: Edifici Administratiu de l’Obac
Crta. De l’Obac s/n
AD700 – Escaldes-Engordany
Principat d’Andorra
Telephone: +376 872 080
Fax: -
General website:  
Contact person:  
Languages spoken by staff: Catalan, Spanish, French, English


Practical Information:

Forwarding authorities
(Art. 3(1)):
The clerk of the court is responsible for the service of documents and other acts of communication.
Methods of service
(Art. 5(1)(2)):
Art. 5(1)(a)
The Central Authority forwards the document to the Presidency of the Batllia (Presidència de la Batllia). Service is done by the Section of the Batllia to which the matter has been forwarded.

Art. 5(1)(b)
The Central Authority does not usually receive a special request by the applicant according to Article 5(1)(b).

Art. 5(2)
The Central Authority does not practice informal delivery within the meaning of Article 5(2).
Translation requirements
(Art. 5(3)):
The Central Authority requires a Catalan, Spanish or French translation of all the requests for service. Some exceptions have been made, such as considering the mother language of the addressee.

The requirement for translation is extended to the document or evidence to be served, and if applicable, to the document’s summary.

The Principality of Andorra requires that all requests for service of documents must be presented with the formulary of the Convention, that can be downloaded on the Convention page, using either the French/English version or the French/Spanish/English version.
Costs relating to execution of the request for service
(Art. 12):
Service of documents is costless, and its is performed by public authorities. Special costs deriving from a particular form of service required by the applicant should be dealt with according to the circumstances of the case.
Time for execution of request: The average time for execution is between two and six months.
Judicial officers, officials or other competent persons
(Art. 10(b)
Oppositions and declarations
(Art. 21(2)):
Click here to read all the declarations made by Andorra under the Service Convention.
Art. 8(2): The Principality of Andorra is opposed to effect service of judicial documents directly through diplomatic or consular agents of the contracting states to persons who are not nationals of these states.
Art. 10(a): No opposition
Art. 10(b): No opposition
Art. 10(c): No 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.
Useful links:
Competent authorities
(Arts 6, 9)
Art. 6: see here
Art. 9: see here
Other authorities
(Art. 18)

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