PRACTICE DIRECTION 6B – SERVICE OUT OF THE JURISDICTION

PRACTICE DIRECTION 6B – SERVICE OUT OF THE JURISDICTION This Practice Direction Supplements FPR Part 6, Chapter 4

Scope of this Practice Direction

1.1

This Practice Direction supplements Chapter 4 (service out of the jurisdiction) of Part 6.

(Practice Direction 6A contains relevant provisions supplementing rule 6.43(2) in relation to the method of service on a party in Scotland or Northern Ireland.)

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Service in other Member States of the European Union

2.1

Where service is to be effected in another Member of State of the European Union, the Service Regulation applies.

2.2

The Service Regulation is Regulation (EC) No. 1393/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 November 2007 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, as amended from time to time and as applied by the Agreement made on 19 October 2005 between the European Community and the Kingdom of Denmark on the service of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil and commercial matters.

2.3

The Service Regulation is annexed to this Practice Direction.

(Article 20(1) of the Service Regulation provides that the Regulation prevails over other provisions contained in bilateral or multilateral agreements or arrangements concluded by the Member of States and in particular Article IV of the protocol to the Brussels Convention of 1968 and the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965)

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Documents to be filed under rule 6.46(2)

3.1

A duplicate of –

(a) the application form or other document to be served under rule 6.45(1) or (2);

(b) any documents accompanying the application or other document referred to in paragraph (a); and

(c) any translation required by rule 6.47;

must be provided for each party to be served out of the jurisdiction, together with forms for responding to the application.

3.2

Some countries require legalisation of the document to be served and some require a formal letter of request which must be signed by the Senior Master. Any queries on this should be addressed to the Foreign Process Section (Room E02) at the Royal Courts of Justice.

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Service in a Commonwealth State or British Overseas Territory

4.1

The judicial authorities of certain Commonwealth States which are not a party to the Hague Convention require service to be in accordance with rule 6.45(1)(b)(i) and not 6.45(3). A list of such countries can be obtained from the Foreign Process Section (Room E02) at the Royal Courts of Justice.

4.2

The list of British overseas territories is contained in Schedule 6 to the British Nationality Act 1981. For ease of reference these are –

(a) Anguilla;

(b) Bermuda;

(c) British Antarctic Territory;

(d) British Indian Ocean Territory;

(e) Cayman Islands;

(f) Falkland Islands;

(g) Gibraltar;

(h) Montserrat;

(i) Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands;

(j) St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha;

(k) South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands;

(l) Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia;

(m) Turks and Caicos Islands;

(n) Virgin Islands.

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Period for responding to an application form

5.1

Where rule 6.42 applies, the period within which the respondent must file an acknowledgment of service or an answer to the application is the number of days listed in the Table after service of the application.

5.2

Where an application is served out of the jurisdiction any statement as to the period for responding to the claim contained in any of the forms required by the Family Procedure Rules to accompany the application must specify the period prescribed under rule 6.42.

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Service of application notices and orders

6.1

The provisions of Chapter 4 of Part 6 (special provisions about service out of the jurisdiction) also apply to service out of the jurisdiction of an application notice or order.

6.2

Where an application notice is to be served out of the jurisdiction in accordance with Chapter 4 of Part 6 the court must have regard to the country in which the application notice is to be served in setting the date for the hearing of the application and giving any direction about service of the respondent's evidence.

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Period for responding to an application notice

7.1

Where an application notice or order is served out of the jurisdiction, the period for responding is 7 days less than the number of days listed in the Table.

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Further information

8.1

Further information concerning service out of the jurisdiction can be obtained from the Foreign Process Section, Room E02, Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL (telephone 020 7947 6691).

Place or country number of days
Afghanistan 23
Albania 25
Algeria 22
Andorra 21
Angola 22
Anguilla 31
Antigua and Barbuda 23
Antilles (Netherlands) 31
Argentina 22
Armenia 21
Ascension Island 31
Australia 25
Austria 21
Azerbaijan 22
Azores 23
Bahamas 22
Bahrain 22
Balearic Islands 21
Bangladesh 23
Barbados 23
Belarus 21
Belgium 21
Belize 23
Benin 25
Bermuda 31
Bhutan 28
Bolivia 23
Bosnia and Herzegovina 21
Botswana 23
Brazil 22
British Virgin Islands 31
Brunei 25
Bulgaria 23
Burkina Faso 23
Burma 23
Burundi 22
Cambodia 28
Cameroon 22
Canada 22
Canary Islands 22
Cape Verde 25
Caroline Islands 31
Cayman Islands 31
Central African Republic 25
Chad 25
Chile 22
China 24
China (Hong Kong) 31
China (Macau) 31
China (Taiwan) 23
China (Tibet) 34
Christmas Island 27
Cocos (Keeling) Islands 41
Colombia 22
Comoros 23
Congo (formerly Congo Brazzaville or French Congo) 25
Congo (Democratic Republic) 25
Corsica 21
Costa Rica 23
Croatia 21
Cuba 24
Cyprus 31
Czech Republic 21
Denmark 21
Djibouti 22
Dominica 23
Dominican Republic 23
East Timor 25
Ecuador 22
Egypt 22
El Salvador 25
Equatorial Guinea 23
Eritrea 22
Estonia 21
Ethiopia 22
Falkland Islands and Dependencies 31
Faroe Islands 31
Fiji 23
Finland 24
France 21
French Guyana 31
French Polynesia 31
French West Indies 31
Gabon 25
Gambia 22
Georgia 21
Germany 21
Ghana 22
Gibraltar 31
Greece 21
Greenland 31
Grenada 24
Guatemala 24
Guernsey 21
Guinea 22
Guinea-Bissau 22
Guyana 22
Haiti 23
Holland (Netherlands) 21
Honduras 24
Hungary 22
Iceland 22
India 23
Indonesia 22
Iran 22
Iraq 22
Ireland (Republic of) 21
Ireland (Northern) 21
Isle of Man 21
Israel 22
Italy 21
Ivory Coast 22
Jamaica 22
Japan 23
Jersey 21
Jordan 23
Kazakhstan 21
Kenya 22
Kiribati 23
Korea (North) 28
Korea (South) 24
Kosovo 21
Kuwait 22
Kyrgyzstan 21
Laos 30
Latvia 21
Lebanon 22
Lesotho 23
Liberia 22
Libya 21
Liechtenstein 21
Lithuania 21
Luxembourg 21
Macedonia 21
Madagascar 23
Madeira 31
Malawi 23
Malaysia 24
Maldives 26
Mali 25
Malta 21
Mariana Islands 26
Marshall Islands 32
Mauritania 23
Mauritius 22
Mexico 23
Micronesia 23
Moldova 21
Monaco 21
Mongolia 24
Montenegro 21
Montserrat 31
Morocco 22
Mozambique 23
Namibia 23
Nauru 36
Nepal 23
Netherlands 21
Nevis 24
New Caledonia 31
New Zealand 26
New Zealand Island Territories 50
Nicaragua 24
Niger (Republic of) 25
Nigeria 22
Norfolk Island 31
Norway 21
Oman (Sultanate of) 22
Pakistan 23
Palau 23
Panama 26
Papua New Guinea 26
Paraguay 22
Peru 22
Philippines 23
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands 31
Poland 21
Portugal 21
Portuguese Timor 31
Puerto Rico 23
Qatar 23
Reunion 31
Romania 22
Russia 21
Rwanda 23
Sabah 23
St. Helena 31
St. Kitts and Nevis 24
St. Lucia 24
St. Pierre and Miquelon 31
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 24
Samoa (U.S.A. Territory) (See also Western Samoa) 30
San Marino 21
Sao Tome and Principe 25
Sarawak 28
Saudi Arabia 24
Scotland 21
Senegal 22
Serbia 21
Seychelles 22
Sierra Leone 22
Singapore 22
Slovakia 21
Slovenia 21
Society Islands (French Polynesia) 31
Solomon Islands 29
Somalia 22
South Africa 22
South Georgia (Falkland Island Dependencies) 31
South Orkneys 21
South Shetlands 21
Spain 21
Spanish Territories of North Africa 31
Sri Lanka 23
Sudan 22
Surinam 22
Swaziland 22
Sweden 21
Switzerland 21
Syria 23
Tajikistan 21
Tanzania 22
Thailand 23
Togo 22
Tonga 30
Trinidad and Tobago 23
Tristan Da Cunha 31
Tunisia 22
Turkey 21
Turkmenistan 21
Turks & Caicos Islands 31
Tuvalu 23
Uganda 22
Ukraine 21
United Arab Emirates 22
United States of America 22
Uruguay 22
Uzbekistan 21
Vanuatu 29
Vatican City State 21
Venezuela 22
Vietnam 28
Virgin Islands – U.S.A 24
Wake Island 25
Western Samoa 34
Yemen (Republic of) 30
Zaire 25
Zambia 23
Zimbabwe 22
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