Belgium - Central Authority & practical information

Central Authority(ies):

Service Public Fédéral de la Justice
Service d'entraide internationale en matière civile

Contact details:

Address: Service Public Fédéral de la Justice
Service d'entraide internationale en matière civile
Boulevard de Waterloo, 115
Telephone: +32 (2) 542 6511
Fax: +32 (2) 542 7006
General website:
Contact person:  
Languages spoken by staff: French, Dutch, English

Practical Information:

Forwarding authorities (Art. 3(1)):

Name of forwarding authority - the forwarding authority is the authority or judicial officer that is competent under the law of your State to forward requests for service abroad

a. the registries and parquets of the various civil, commercial and labour courts;
b. huissiers de justice of the Kingdom.
Methods of service (Art. 5(1)(2)):

Brief statement as to how incoming requests for service are executed in your State (i.e., how the documents are served) - reference to relevant laws (civil procedure code or court rules)
> Tools for courts and practitioners > Service of documents 
Translation requirements (Art. 5(3)):

Brief statement as to whether the Central Authority requires documents, which are to be served under Article 5(1), to be in - or translated into - the official language of your State

In general a translation is not required; however, the Ministry of Justice may require a translation into French or Dutch in specific cases, notably at the request of the recipient.

For service of judicial documents in accordance with article 5, paragraph 1, a) or b), the Belgian Central Authority requests the documents to be drawn up or translated in the official language or one of the official languages of the place of residence of the addressee(s) (i.e. Dutch, French, German). The transmitting authority is invited to reach out the Belgian Central Authority in order to be informed about the language requirements in individual cases. 

Costs relating to execution of the request for service (Art. 12):

List of the types of costs (if any) that are typically reimbursable to your State pursuant to Article 12(2) of the Convention

Service of documents in application of article 5, paragraph 1, a) or b) implies the employment of a judicial officer. The costs thereof must be reimbursed in accordance with article 12 of the Convention. See declarations.
> Tools for courts and practitioners > Service of documents
Time for execution of request:

Indication of the time elapsing from receipt of incoming request for service until forwarding of the certificate of service - see response to question 7

Judicial officers, officials or other competent persons (Art. 10(b)):

Name, e.g., the body of judicial officers competent to effect service of judicial documents coming from another Contracting State - only applicable for States whose internal law allows for this practice 

Chambre nationale des Huissiers de Justice
Avenue Henri Jaspar 93
1060 Brussels
tel.: +32 (2) 538 0092
fax: +32 (2) 539 4111
Website: (FR) (NL)
Oppositions and declarations (Art. 21(2)): Click here to read all the declarations made by Belgium under the Service Convention.
Art. 8(2): Opposition
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)

List of bilateral or multilateral agreements to which your State is party, as well as provisions of the internal law of your State permitting other methods of transmission of documents coming from abroad for service within the territory of your State

Supplementary agreements to the Hague Convention of 17 July 1905 and/or of 1 March 1954 were concluded with: France (Paris, 1 March 1956 – Arts 1 to 4); Germany (Brussels, 25 April 1959 – in particular Arts 1 to 3); Luxembourg (Brussels, 11 and 19 March 1974 – Arts 1 to 3); the Netherlands (Brussels, 30 December 1937 and 7 February 1938).

Bilateral convention on judicial co-operation: United Kingdom (London, 21 June 1922 – Arts 2 to 7). This Convention also applies to the relations with Barbados and Malawi.

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) - European Judicial Atlas in Civil Matters

Useful links:

Address of websites containing information relating to the operation of the Convention in your State (FR) (NL)

(This page was last updated on 17 July 2014)

Conventions (incl. Protocols and Principles)