Latvia - Central Authority & practical information
Ministry of Justice
|Address:||Ministry of Justice
Brivibas blvd. 36
|Telephone:||+371 6703 6824; +371 6703 6866; +371 6703 6812|
|Fax:||+371 6721 0823|
|Contact person:||Mr Viktors Makucevičs
Telephone: (+371) 6 7036854
Fax: (+371) 6 7210823
Ms Madara Rieksta
Telephone: (+371) 6 7036842
Fax: (+371) 6 7210823
|Languages spoken by staff:||English, Russian, Latvian|
|The all instance courts of the Republic of Latvia examining civil cases are competent to forward a request for the service of documents to the executing country.|
|Methods of service
|Documents are received in the Central Authority and forwarded to the competent court of Latvia for the execution of the request.
In accordance with the Civil Procedure Law and according to the court's discretion, documents can be served using:
1) registered mail;
|Translation is required if the addressee refuses to accept the document because the document is not prepared in the official language of Latvia (Latvian) or in a language that the addressee understands.
In such a case the document is returned to the requesting State to be translated either into Latvian or any other language that the addressee has specified.
|Costs relating to execution of the request for service
|Latvia may ask the competent foreign authority to reimburse the costs of service in case it has been effected using a particular method requested by the applicant (Article 5(1)b).|
|Time for execution of request:||If the document cannot be served within one month from the receipt of the document in the Ministry of Justice of Latvia or within the time limit provided for in the request, the court to which the request has been forwarded to has to inform the Ministry of Justice about this fact as well as about the reasons that have delayed the service of the document.|
|Judicial officers, officials or other competent persons
|Oppositions and declarations
|Click here to read all the declarations made by Latvia under the Service Convention.|
|Art. 10(a):||No opposition, but only if the documents are translated into Latvian and are delivered using a registered postal letter with an acknowledgment of receipt.|
|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)
(Arts. 11, 19, 24 and 25)
|Bilateral conventions on judicial co-operation: Russian Federation; Belarus; Ukraine; Moldova; Uzbekistan; Kyrgystan.
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).
(This page was last updated on 2 November 2017)