Service abroad of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters

The Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters came into force in Canada on 1 May 1989. The purpose of the Convention is to facilitate the international exchange of judicial and extrajudicial documents.

The Minister of Justice has been designated as the Central Authority for the purposes of the application of the Convention in Québec. The Minister is responsible for receiving requests for service or notification originating from contracting States and acting on the requests so that documents are brought to the notice of the addressees in sufficient time.

This section of our website contains information on the operation of the Convention and on how to submit a request for the service or notification of a judicial or extrajudicial document. Information can also be obtained by contacting the Central Authority for Québec.

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