Greece - Central Authority & practical information
Central Authority (as per 28 December 2006 - click here for previous details):
Hellenic Ministry of Justice, Transparency & Human Rights
Ministry of Justice, Transparency & Human Rights
|Telephone:||+30 213 130 7322, +30 213 130 7312|
|Fax:||+30 213 130 7499|
|Contact person:||Mr. George Kouvelas
Mrs. Athanasia Vasilopoulou
|Languages spoken by staff:||Greek, English|
The Ministry of Justice, Transparency & Human Rights
Article 134 (1)(a) of the Civil Procedure Code: the party requesting service of documents abroad submits the document to the competent Public Prosecutor (of the Court of First Instance, Court of Appeal or Supreme Court of Appeal) through its lawyer, who afterwards forwards it to the competent foreign authority.
|Methods of service
Law 1334 / 1983 implemented the Hague Service Convention in Greece.
The service of judicial and extrajudicial documents is executed by virtue of an order of the competent Public Prosecutor namely the Prosecutor of the district where the person being served is resident. According to the Civil Procedure Code, articles 122 and subsequent, the service of documents is performed by a process server.
For more information on methods of service, see European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters – Service of documents – Greece
Greece has declared that formal service will be effected only if the document to be served is written in, or translated into, Greek.
Click here to read all the declarations made by Greece under the Service Convention.
|Costs relating to execution of the request for service
|All formal service under Article 5(1)(a) must be sent to the competent Public Prosecutor at a flat fee.
The cost of service will be €50, starting from August 1st, 2013.
|Time for execution of request:||One month|
|Oppositions and declarations
|Click here to read all the declarations made by Greece under the Service Convention.|
|Art. 15(2):||Declaration of applicability|
|Art. 16(3):||No declaration of applicability|
Derogatory channels (bilateral or multilateral agreements or internal law permitting other transmission channels)
Greece has not acceded to the Hague Conventions of 1905 and 1954 and has not therefore concluded with other Contracting States any additional to the above agreements.
Greece has concluded bilateral agreements on legal assistance with Germany (11 May 1938), the Czech Republic and Slovakia (22 October 1980) and Cyprus (5 March 1984).
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 – Service of Documents)
|Useful links:||www.mfa.gr (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)|
(Latest update of this page: 16 October 2018)
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