Czech Republic - Central Authority & practical information

Central Authority(ies):

Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic

Contact details:

Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic
Vyšehradská 16
128 10 Praha 2
Czech Republic

Telephone: +420 221 997 925
Fax: +420 224 919 919
General website:
Contact person:  
Languages spoken by staff: Czech, English, German, French (Spanish)

Practical Information:
(The following information was provided by the relevant State authorities or was obtained from the replies to the Service Convention Questionnaires)

Forwarding authorities
(Art. 3(1)):
proceeding courts (i.e. courts of all degrees – "okresní soudy", "krajské soudy", "vrchní soudy", "Nejvyšší soud", "Nejvyšší správní soud")
Methods of service
(Art. 5(1)(2)):

Service of documents is regulated in the Civil Procedure Code no. 99/1963 Coll., in the §§ 45-50l. A document is delivered by the court: during proceedings or another legal act, through a public data network to a data box, upon the addressee's request to another address or electronic address (if a document is delivered to an email address, the court shall call the addressee to confirm delivery to the court within 3 days following the document being sent in the form of a data message with an advanced electronic signature of the addressee), or the presiding judge shall order delivery through a delivering body, or a participant in the proceedings or representative thereof.

For methods of service see also answer No 29 of the Questionnaire of July 2008.

Only indicatively, you can also consult: European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters – Service of documents – Czech Republic. However, the information given is not up-to-date.

Translation requirements
(Art. 5(3)):
Costs relating to execution of the request for service
(Art. 12):

Service of documents is generally free of charge. No special costs arise in the sense of Art. 12.

Time for execution of request: Generally 2 – 4 months.
Oppositions and declarations
(Art. 21(2)):
Click here to read all the declarations and reservations made by the former Czechoslovakia under this 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): 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.

Supplementary agreements to the Hague Convention of 17 July 1905 and /or of 1 March 1954 were concluded with: Germany and Slovakia (however, currently the EC Service Regulation prevails in relationships with these States).

Bilateral conventions on judicial co-operation: please click here for the list.

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 in Civil Matters 

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(This page was last updated on 18 July 2014)

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