FINDING COMPETENT COURTS/AUTHORITIES
The search tool below will help you to identify court(s)/authority(ies) competent for a specific European legal instrument. Please note that although every effort has been made to ascertain the accuracy of the results, there may be some exceptional cases concerning the determination of competence that are not necessarily covered.
Article 2(1) – Authorities that can be considered as courts
Article 3(2) – Requested courts
Requests for the taking of evidence should be sent to the district court (rayonen sad) in whose jurisdiction evidence is to be taken.
Article 4 – Central body
Ministry of Justice
International Legal Cooperation and European Affairs Directorate
International Cooperation in Civil Matters Unit
Tel.: +359 2 9237 413
+359 2 9237 544
+359 2 9237 576
Fax: +3592 9809223
Address: ul. Slavyanska No 1
Article 6 – Languages accepted for completion of the forms
Requests from another Member State for the taking of evidence and statements should be drawn up in Bulgarian or accompanied by a translation into Bulgarian.
Article 7 – Means accepted for transmission of requests and other communications
District courts accept requests for the taking of evidence and other communications received by post.
Article 19 – Central body or competent authority(ies) responsible for decisions on requests for direct taking of evidence
The authority competent to authorise the direct taking of evidence in the Republic of Bulgaria is the provincial court (okrazhen sad) in whose jurisdiction evidence is to be taken.
Article 29 – Agreements or arrangements to which Member States are parties and which comply with the conditions in Article 29(2)
The Republic of Bulgaria does not implement and has not concluded any international agreements or arrangements with other EU Member States which aim to facilitate the taking of evidence and must be compatible with this Regulation.
The Regulation takes precedence over agreements concluded by the Republic of Bulgaria with other Member States as regards the taking of evidence in civil and commercial matters.
Article 31(4) – Notification on the early use of the decentralised IT-system
To date, Bulgaria does not intend to take advantage of the possibility of early use of the decentralised IT system.
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