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Link opens in new windowRegulation (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), and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 seeks to improve and expedite the transmission of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters for service between the Member States.

The Regulation applies between all Member States of the European Union including Denmark, which confirmed its intention to implement the content of the Regulation by means of a Link opens in new windowdeclaration based on a parallel agreement concluded with the European Community.

The Regulation provides for different ways of transmitting and serving documents: transmission through transmitting and receiving agencies, transmission by consular or diplomatic channels, service by postal services and direct service.

Transmitting Agencies are competent for the transmission of judicial or extrajudicial documents to be served in another Member State. Receiving Agencies are competent for the receipt of judicial or extrajudicial documents from another Member State. The Central Body is responsible for supplying information to the transmitting agencies and seeking solutions to any difficulties which may arise during transmission of documents for service.

The Regulation provides for seven forms.

The European e-Justice Portal provides you with information concerning the application of the Regulation and a user-friendly tool for filling in the forms.

Notifications of the Member States pertaining to this Regulation will be available soon.

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Link opens in new windowAgreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Denmark on the service of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters


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Last update: 18/01/2016