Croacia - Autoridad central e información práctica

Central Authority:

Ministry of Justice, Public Administration and Digital Transformation

Contact details:

Address: Ministry of Justice, Public Administration and Digital Transformation
Service for International Legal Assistance and Judicial Cooperation in Civil Matters
Ulica Grada Vukovara 49
10 000 ZAGREB
Telephone: +385 (1) 3714 558
Fax: +385 (1) 3714 559
General website:
Contact person: Mr Lovro Balaša
Ms Danijela Magdić
Languages spoken by staff: Croatian, English


Practical Information:

Forwarding authorities
(Art. 3(1)):
Ministry of Justice and Administration
Methods of service
(Art. 5(1)(2)):

Formal Service (Art. 5(1)(a))
The methods of service are prescribed by the Civil Procedure Act (Art. 133-149).

Documents shall be served by e- mail, or through a particular court officer or court employee, through the competent administrative body, a notary public or directly by the court or electronic channels, according to the special law.

Translation requirements
(Art. 5(3)):
Documents served pursuant to Article 5, paragraph 1, should be accompanied by a translation into Croatian language.

Click here to read all the declarations made by Croatia under the Service Convention.
Costs relating to execution of the request for service
(Art. 12):
Croatia bears the costs for the service of documents.
Time for execution of request: 2-4 months
Judicial officers, officials or other competent persons
(Art. 10(b))
Republic of Croatia opposed to the mode of service specified in Art. 10.
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): Opposition
Art. 10(b): Opposition
Art. 10(c): 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)
Information may not be complete or fully updated – please contact the relevant authorities to verify this information.

Bilateral agreements on mutual legal assistance in civil matters: Bosnia & Herzegovina (Split, 26 February 1996 and Split,17 June 2002); North Macedonia (Skopje, 2 September 1994); Russian Federation (Moscow, 24 February 1962); Serbia (Belgrade, 15 September 1997); Turkey (Ankara, 10 February1999). 

The Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (service of documents applies between all Member States of the European Union (e- Justice Portal)

Useful links:  
Competent authorities
(Arts 6, 9)
Art 6.: See here.
Art. 9: See here
Other authorities
(Art. 18)

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