Latvia - Central Authority & practical information

Central Authority:

Council of Sworn Bailiffs of Latvia

Contact details:

Address: Council of Sworn Bailiffs
Lāčplēša Street 27-32
Riga, LV-1011
Telephone: +371 6729 0005
Fax: +371 6230 2503
General website:
Contact person: Guna Berlande, Director of the Council of Sworn Bailiffs of Latvia
Evelīna Šteinberga, Legal assistant of the Council of Sworn Bailiffs of Latvia
Languages spoken by staff:  


Practical Information:

Forwarding authorities
(Art. 3(1)):
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
(Art. 5(1)(2)):
Documents are received in the Central Authority and forwarded to competent Bailiff of Latvia for the execution of the request.
In accordance with the Civil Procedure Law, documents can be served using:
1) registered mail;
2) by registered mail with notification of receipt;
3) by ordinary mail;
4) by electronic mail;
5) The judicial documents may also be delivered to the workplace of the person. If the addressee is absent, the documents may be handed to the administration of the place of employment to be forwarded to the addressee.
6) Documents may be handed to an adult person met at the address indicated for service.
Translation requirements
(Art. 5(3)):

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
(Art. 12):

Latvia asks EUR 133,33 (including VAT) charge for each request for service of documents. The payment must be settled through a bank transfer and all bank commission fees must be covered by the person who settles the principal payment for service of documents.

Bank account information:
Registration No. 90001497619
Registered office: 27-32 Lāčplēša street, Riga, LV-1011, Latvia
Bank: Swedbank AS
Account No.: LV93HABA0551038096742
Payment purpose: information on the addressee

Time for execution of request: If the document cannot be served within one month from the receipt of the document in the Council of Sworn Bailiffs of Latvia or within the time limit provided for in the request, the Bailiff to which the request has been forwarded to has to inform the Council of Sworn Bailiffs of Latvia about this fact as well as about the reasons that have delayed the service of the document.
Judicial officers, officials or other competent persons
(Art. 10(b))
Oppositions and declarations
(Art. 21(2)):
Click here to read all the declarations made by this State under the Service Convention.
Art. 8(2): Opposition
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. 10(b): Opposition
Art. 10(c): In accordance with Article 10(c) of the 1965 Hague Convention a participant in the case may, upon consent of a judge, receive judicial documents for service to another participant in the case whose place of residence, location, or legal address is not in Latvia and whose address is known, directly from judicial officers, other officials, or other competent persons of the recipient contracting country, taking into account the conditions stipulated by the relevant contracting country, if it has not objected against such type of service.
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)
Information may not be complete or fully updated – please contact the relevant authorities to verify this information.
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).
Useful links:
Competent authorities
(Arts 6, 9)
Art. 6: See here.
Art. 9: See here.
Other authorities
(Art. 18)

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