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But, as the proceedings unfold, there may well be others such as appeals, statements of defence, injunctions, etc. At the end of proceedings, the court's decision will be served on the parties.
A number of extrajudicial documents, such as notarised acts, may also have to be transmitted.
The methods of conveying such documents may also vary from one Member State to another, for example they may have to be delivered by hand or you may be allowed to send them by post.
The cost of these formalities also varies. In some cases it may be covered by the legal aid available for persons who do not have enough funds to pay for the cost of proceedings themselves.
Click on the flag of each Member State and you will find information you need on the systems of serving documents in that country.
If you have to send documents to a Member State other than the one in which you are resident, it is worth knowing that the relevant procedures are laid down in a European Regulation adopted in 2000. This could save you time. To find out more, click on the "Community law" icon.
There is also an international convention, concluded in 1965, governing relations between Member States of the European Union and non-EU countries that are party to the convention. To find out more, click on the "International law" icon.Top
Last update: 04-11-2009