Slovenia - Central Authority & practical information

Central Authority:

The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia

Contact details:

Address: The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia
Župančičeva 3
1000 Ljubljana
Telephone: +386 1 369 5394
Fax: +386 1 369 5233
General website:
Contact person: mag. Špela Štebal Renčelj
Head of Department for mutual legal assistance
Languages spoken by staff: English, German, French


Practical Information:

Forwarding authorities
(Art. 3(1)):
All Slovenian county courts (44) , district courts (11) , 4 High Courts (Ljubljana, Maribor, Koper, Celje), 4 specialized Courts for Labour and Social Law (1. instance) and High Labour and Social Court in Ljubljana (2. instance), The Supreme Court of the Republic fo Slovenia and the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia
Methods of service
(Art. 5(1)(2)):

When a request by a foreign court to serve documents is not accompanied by a translation into Slovene, even though required by international treaties that the documents to be served must be written in the language of the requested country, then the court informs the party invited for the first time due to the serving of documents by a foreign court without a translation, that this court act shall be sent by postal channel if the party does not appear in the court at the first invitation and the party shall therefore lose the opportunity to decline to accept this foreign court act. (Art. 89 of the Court Rules).

The service of documents will be performed according to the national rules which regulate service of documents of national courts unless otherwise provided by law, international agreement or EU legislation. (Art. 89 of the Court Rules)

A party who appears in court in order to be served on in person with a foreign court act without a translation, shall be informed by the court of the right to decline to accept it. (Art. 89: of the Court Rules).

See also E-justice website:

Translation requirements
(Art. 5(3)):

Under Slovenian law, service requested in accordance with Art. 5(1) of the Convention requires that all documents to be served must be prepared in Slovenian language or that a translation in Slovenian be attached thereto.

Documents in foreign language without translation to Slovenian language can be served in accordance with Article 5(2) of the Convention.

Costs relating to execution of the request for service
(Art. 12):
As a rule there is no obligation to pay for the service of documents, except where the court orders - at a party's request - that documents be served by a legal or natural person that performs service as a registered activity on the basis of a special authorisation from the Minister responsible for Justice. In that case the party proposing service by process-server must pay an advance on the costs of service; at the end of the proceedings the costs of the proceedings are borne by the party that loses or by both parties, each proportionate to its success in the case.
Time for execution of request: Executed in less than 2 months
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): Qualified opposition
Art. 10(b): Opposition
Art. 10(c): Opposition
Art. 15(2): Declaration of applicability
Art. 16(3): Declaration that application for relief will not be entertained if it is filed after the expiration of one year following the date of the judgment.
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: Algeria (31 March 1982); Bosnia and Herzegovina (21 September 2009); Croatia (7 February 1994); Republic of North Macedonia (6 February 1996); Mongolia (8 June 1961); Russian federation (24 February 1962); Turkey (3 July 1934); United Kingdom (27 February 1936 - applicability extended to Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Borneo, Sri Lanka, Honduras, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Gambia, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Canada, Kenya, Malta, Mauritius, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Uganda, Tonga, Somalia, Seychelles). 

Council Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (E-justice web site -

Useful links:  
Competent authorities
(Arts 6, 9)
District courts (Art. 6); diplomatic or consular agents (Art. 9)

Other authorities
(Art. 18)

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