China - Central Authority & practical information
Ministry of Justice, Department of Judicial Assistance and Cooperation, Division of Judicial Assistance
|Address:||International Legal Cooperation Center (ILCC)
Ministry of Justice of China
33, Pinganli Xidajie
People's Republic of China
|Telephone:||+86 (10) 5560 4537|
|Fax:||+86 (10) 5560 4538|
For online submission of requests, for more information, see here.
|Contact person:||Ms LI Zhiying|
|Languages spoken by staff:||Chinese, English|
|Guide to filling out the Model Form, and FAQs
(drawn up by the Chinese Ministry of Justice):
The Guide is available here.
The FAQs are available here.
|The Ministry of Justice, the High People’s Court of Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Shandong, Guangxi, and Hainan.|
|Methods of service
Formal Service (Art. 5(1)(a))
Informal delivery (Art. 5(2))
Service by a particular method (Art. 5(1)(b))
|According to the Civil Procedure Law of the People’s Republic of China, service requested within the meaning of Art. 5(1) of the Convention requires that all documents and evidence to be served must be written in Chinese or that a translation in Chinese be attached thereto, unless there are contrary prescriptions in the mutual treaties between China and other Contracting States of the Hague Convention.|
|Costs relating to execution of the request for service
|Charges are incurred on a reciprocal basis and at the equivalent amount.|
|Time for execution of request:||Around 6 months|
|Judicial officers, officials or other competent persons
|Oppositions and declarations
|Click here to read all the declarations made by this State under the Service Convention.|
|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.
Online treaty library: http://treaty.mfa.gov.cn/Treaty/web/index.jsp
China law library: https://flk.npc.gov.cn/
(Arts 6, 9)
The High People’s Court of Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Shandong, Guangxi, and Hainan can directly submit requests for service to foreign Central Authorities according to the Hague Service Convention.
Note: The only receiving authority is the Central authority, i.e., the Ministry of Justice of China.
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