Taking evidence by videoconference

The European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters (EJN civil) has produced a set of factsheets that provide practical information on rules, procedures and technical facilities for videoconferencing between courts in different EU countries.

The Regulation (EU) 2020/1783 (recast), which covers cooperation between courts in different EU countries on the taking of evidence in civil and commercial cases, provides a general legal framework for the taking of evidence in another country than that of the court. This Regulation replaces Council Regulation (EC) No 1206/2001 and comes into application on 1 July 2022. The new Regulation clarifies how to take evidence by videoconference or other distance communications technology and sets up form N in Annex I for exchange of relevant technical information. Form N shall be used for both requesting taking of evidence by videoconference and when replying positively to such request. However, each EU country has its own procedural laws in this area, so the details of the process vary according to the law of the country receiving a request for cooperation.

To make it easier for judicial authorities in different EU countries to work together and make full use of videoconferencing for the taking of evidence in another EU country, the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters (EJN civil) has produced a set of factsheets. These provide practical information on rules, procedures and technical facilities in different EU countries.

Please select the relevant country's flag to obtain detailed national information.

Last update: 01/07/2022

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