Portugal - Central Authority & practical information
Direcção-Geral da Administração da Justiça - Ministério da Justiça
(Directorate-General of Justice Administration - Ministry of Justice)
|Address:||Directorate-General for the Administration of Justice
Ministry of Justice
(Direcção-Geral da Administração da Justiça, Ministério da Justiça)
Av. D. João II, nº 1.08.01 - Edifício H Piso 14
|Telephone:||+351 21 790 65 00|
|Fax:||+351 21 154 51 16|
|Contact person:||Mr. Miguel VARA
Mrs. Cláudia KONG
|Languages spoken by staff:||Portuguese, French, English, Spanish|
|The Central Authority, Courts, Lawyers/Solicitors, Implementing Agents, Private Notaries, Registrars|
|Methods of service
The Central Authority forwards the documents to the competent court/entity (of the area in which the addressee usually resides) to perform the service. The methods prescribed by our domestic law for the service of documents in domestic actions are the following:- service by registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt;
Once documents are served, they are returned to the Central Authority to be forwarded to the competent entities of the requesting State.
For more information on methods of service, see:
|Translation into Portuguese of the document to be served, as well as the document’s summary and annexes thereto is mandatory.|
|Costs relating to execution of the request for service
In case of personal service by a court clerk no costs are incurred. Should the court opt for postal service then it is responsible for any costs incurred without possibility of reimbursement.Costs could be incurred when service is performed by implementing agents, lawyers and solicitors.
Portugal will invoke Article 12(2)(b) of the Convention only if the applicant requests a particular method of service in which an expert is needed.
|Time for execution of request:||Between 30 and 60 days.|
|Judicial officers, officials or other competent persons
|Court clerks, implementing agents, lawyers, solicitors.|
|Oppositions and declarations
|Click here to read all the declarations made by name of country under the Service Convention.|
|Art. 10(a):||No opposition|
|Art. 10(b):||No opposition|
|Art. 10(c):||No opposition|
|Art. 15(2):||No opposition|
|Art. 16(3):||No opposition|
|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.
|Bilateral conventions on judicial co-operation: Angola (30 August 1995); Cape Verde (2 February 2003); China (People’s Republic of, including Macao) (1 July 2001); Guinea-Bissau (5 July 1988), Mozambique (12 April 1990); Sao Tome and Principe (23 March 1976); Spain (19 November 1997); United Kingdom (London, 9 July 1931 – Articles 2 to 5).
Council Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (Strasbourh, 13 November 2007) (European Judicial Atlas – Service of Documents).
|Useful links:||Gabinete de Documentação e Direito ComparadoInternational Affairs Department - Portuguese Directorate-General for Justice Policy - Ministry of Justice|
(Arts 6, 9)
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