Letters rogatory are the customary means of obtaining judicial assistance from overseas in the absence of a treaty or other agreement. Letters rogatory are requests from courts in one country to the courts of another country requesting the performance of an act which, if done without the sanction of the foreign court, could constitute a violation of that country’s sovereignty. Letters rogatory may be used to effect service of process or to obtain evidence if permitted by the laws of the foreign country.
Execution of letters rogatory is expensive and can take over a year. Ancillary can serve international process through letters rogatory when applicable, but if your judgment does not need to be enforced in the foreign country, there may be more cost-effective alternatives. Submit a request for a free quote today or call us at (855) 233-3206 to speak with one of our international representatives about your case.
Before initiating the letters rogatory process, parties should determine whether the country where they are seeking to serve process or take evidence is a party to any multilateral treaties on judicial assistance.
The full list of countries we serve in is listed below.
International Process Service Countries