This article will provide guidance on the Code of Civil Procedure in Peru.  Peru has both a constitution and laws that govern the country. Statutes, known as leyes, are Peru's principal law source since the country's legal system is rooted in the Roman-Germanic heritage that gives great weight to the written law. While the Supreme Court's prior decisions may be considered, individual judges will make independent decisions in each case. It is worth noting that civil court proceedings are often conducted via written submissions. 

Hiring a private Peru process service agency like Undisputed Legal in Peru is an important asset for individuals and businesses who require legal services and support across borders. Our process servers are critical in facilitating legal proceedings, serving legal documents, and ensuring that due process is followed. In Peru, the rules and regulations around legal proceedings can be complex and require specialized knowledge and expertise to navigate. This is especially true for individuals and businesses not based in Peru but who need to engage in legal processes there. A private process service agency like Undisputed Legal can help bridge this gap by providing a local perspective, knowledge of the legal system, and access to networks of legal professionals who can support and advise on specific legal cases. 


The judicial system consists of the Supreme Court and other courts at the Supreme Court, Superior Court, Court of First Instance, and Court of Peace levels. With its foundation in Civil Law, Peru's governing documents include the Constitution and other enacted laws. The Peruvian Judiciary follows the inquisitorial approach in its legal operations.

The Peruvian judicial system conforms to the norms of a Civil Law jurisdiction. There are several provincial courts of justice, each integrated by first-level judges whose decisions may be re-examined by the superior courts (Appellate Courts) if a timely motion to appeal is submitted. At the end of the line, a cassation appeal may be filed to have the matter taken up by the Supreme Court of Justice. The appeal to the Court of Cassation is seen as an extraordinary procedure whose primary purpose is to provide useful jurisprudence for the legal system about interpreting law provisions. There are also commercial judges, labor judges, constitutional judges, and so on, who hear cases with specialized expertise.

Constitutional processes follow the same pattern, but the Constitutional Tribunal hears and decides cases of last resort.


Any proceedings involving the disposable rights of the parties with decided and determinable causes of action must first submit a non-jurisdictional application with a Settlement Centre or a Judge of the Peace Professional Court before resorting to a formal legal case. An application is unnecessary if the person being served with the process is not in the United States.

The party sent with the summons must not reply to the application. Still, their failure to appear at the Settlement Hearing gives rise to a presumption of truth about the facts outlined in the pending pre-trial procedure. After filing the complaint, the Court will check the claimant's compliance with the pre-trial procedure.

Our Undisputed Legal process servers will use the proper service methods to deliver the legal documents to the recipient. This may involve personal service, registered mail, or other acceptable methods under Peruvian law. Our process servers will ensure that all service methods are documented properly and that the recipient is given adequate notice of the legal proceedings.


The first step in establishing jurisdiction is to file a case in the proper court, which must adhere to the formalities specified by applicable legislation. All available papers and proofs, including a certified copy of the document issued in the pre-trial proceeding and a copy of the identification document of the claimant or its agent, should be included with the complaint. Once filed, the Court will determine whether the complaint meets all the formal and substantive criteria. 

The action will be admitted for continuing if all the conditions are satisfied. A party may be given more time to comply with a formal requirement if the judge finds the case does not meet that condition. The action will be dismissed from the beginning if the judge finds that it fails to meet the ‘substance’ criteria.


The claimant must provide the defendant's address (in Peru or overseas) and pay a Court fee to initiate serving the defendant with legal documents while filing a lawsuit in Peru. The Court is responsible for the service, and the regulations will vary depending on whether the defendant's domicile is in Peru and the same jurisdiction as the venue of the Court, in Peru but in a different jurisdiction than the venue of the Court, or outside of Peru.

A representative of the Judiciary should physically deliver the process to the defendant's residence and leave a record of the notice if the defendant's domicile is within the same jurisdiction as the judicial procedure. If the defendant's address is located in a different state or country, the appropriate court in that state or country is responsible for handling the service of process.

When the defendant's residence is outside of Peru, service may be sent by rogatory letters to the local court or Peru's diplomatic or consular official. If the defendant's address is unknown, service may be accomplished by publishing a legal notice (like an ad) in a newspaper.  In this situation, the serving party must swear or affirm under oath that they have taken reasonable steps to determine the defendant's residence. If it is later shown that the statement was untrue or that the party should have known the truth had they exercised reasonable care, the proceedings will be thrown out, and the offending party will be ordered to pay a fine.

When a defendant first appears in court, they will be asked to confirm that they have a procedural and electronic domicile inside the venue of the Court where the process is being served. This will streamline the remainder of the serving procedure.

If a defendant is properly served but fails to answer a lawsuit within the time allotted, the court will consider them a ‘defendant in default’ and proceed with the case without them.  Service of the procedural act declaring the defendant at fault (if the address is unknown, it will be considered duly notified through the publication of the Court's decision through a legal notice in a newspaper) and service of the following Court decisions (declaration that the proceedings have been corrected from procedural defects, scheduling of the hearings, Court's final decision, and enforcement of the decision against the defendant in a court of law) will be made.’

Our Undisputed Legal process servers in Peru can assist in initiating legal proceedings and serving papers in cross-border disputes. We can help ensure that legal documents are prepared and filed correctly and that the process complies with local legal requirements. 


The claim occurs when one or more parties make a claim (a complaint, an answer to the complaint, or a defense) together with all supporting evidence. The court determines whether it has jurisdiction over the matter by looking at the parties' legal standing and determining if they have the legal competence to bring and defend legal claims. If the complaint meets all the criteria, the procedure will begin.

The court will hold a hearing to question the witnesses, experts, and other evidence that may need scrutinizing more closely. Specifically, the judge shall preside over the hearing in accordance with Article 202 of the Code of Civil Procedure. The hearing will be conducted with just one of the parties present if that person requests it. If no party appears in court, the judge will proceed without them.

Before any expert testimony or investigation is conducted, a judicial inspection will be conducted if one has been provided within the same jurisdiction as the court's location. A judge will order a judicial inspection to be carried out at a special hearing when the circumstances warrant it, and the court's judgment is well-reasoned and cannot be appealed. The parties can also provide their closing oral arguments at a post-hearing brief.

The timeliness of trials in Peru is affected by multiple variables, including [A.] the nature of the procedure (summary, shortened, or cognitive), [B.] the degree of complexity, and [C.] the amount of evidence required. Generally, a cognitive procedure may take four to seven years, whereas a summary operation can take two to four years.


After a judgment, the court must see that it is carried out. In other words, the Judge must use all available legal and procedural means to ensure that the ruling is carried out, considering the arguments presented by each side. The judgment enforcement step is established under the Code of Civil Process.

If the disagreement is about money, the decision enforcement often begins with injunctive reliefs (such as freezing assets or bank accounts) and ends with the payment to the party. Payment will be made when the debtor's assets are sold at auction, or their bank accounts are frozen.

Nonetheless, suppose the dispute seeks declaratory relief. In that case, the judge can interact with public organizations (such as the Public Registry) to bind the sentence with erga omnes effect. That is to say, the Judge has the authority to make immediate changes to the legal situation due to the verdict.


Although under the principle of sovereignty, a judgment can only have legal effects within the territory of the state whose court issued it, private international law allows the extraterritoriality of said judgments to be enforced by its recognition in the territory where the judgment will be executed.

The exequatur process must be used to recognize a foreign decision in Peruvian courts. The recognized judgment will be elevated to the executive level via this procedure.  Foreign judgments are binding in the Republic to the extent recognized under the relevant treaties. Even if no treaty exists between Peru and the country where the judgment was handed down, the judgment will have the same weight in that country as that of Peruvian courts. Judgments rendered by foreign courts have the force accorded by the corresponding treaties in the Republic. 

Legal documents must be generally served by a process server or registered mail and translated into Spanish if they are written in another language. The specific requirements for service of process may vary depending on the nature of the legal dispute and the defendant's location. A private process service agency like Undisputed Legal can ensure that your documents are so that your international process is done smoothly. 

To have the decision recognized, a non-contentious process must be started.  The application for recognition must be filed with the Civil Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice, where the person against whom the sentence will be imposed has legal residency.  Initiating the execution proceedings before the ordinary Civil Court in the defendant's residence is necessary after the national jurisdiction has announced recognition of the foreign decision.

It might be difficult to get a claim started in Peru. If you want your claim to be properly formed and submitted and have the best possible success, you should consult a private process service agency like Undisputed Legal. Peru’s legal system is grounded on civil law principles that stress the significance of a clear legal framework, equal treatment under the law, and ready access to the judicial system.


Documents can be faxed at (800) 296-0115, emailed to, or uploaded on our website. We do require prepayment and accept all major credit and debit cards. Once payment is processed, your sales receipt is immediately emailed for your records.

Drop-offs must call and make an appointment first to be added to building security to permit access to our office. Documents for service must be in a sealed envelope with payment in the form of a money order or attorney check (WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH) payable to UNDISPUTED LEGAL INC.; Our receptionist will receive all documents.


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1. Statute 26872 and Supreme Decree No. 001-98-JUS lay this pretrial action's rules and procedures. The application must concisely summarize the conflict's and claim's underlying factual problems.

2. The complaint must include the following elements: 

  1. the designation of a competent judge;
  2. the claimant's name, identity data, domicile, and procedural address; 
  3. the representative's name and address (if applicable);
  4. the defendant's name and address; 
  5. the claimant's clear and specific claim; 
  6. the facts supporting the claim; 
  7. the legal grounds for the claim; 
  8. the amount of the claim; and 
  9. the correspondent evidence.

3. In addition, the Peruvian legal system provides for a mechanism known as proceso para la protección de intereses colectivos (intereses colectivos for short), which allows many individuals to band together as plaintiffs in a single action against a common defendant. The distinguishing feature of this type of collective action is that public agencies (or through a delegation of powers by non-governmental, non-profit organizations) may represent a group or class of individuals in litigation so long as the Court can identify a specific category of affected potential claimants.

4. Title IV of Book X of the Peruvian Civil Code governs the recognition of foreign judgments in Peru.

5. For foreign judgments to be accepted in the Republic, it is essential, in addition to the conditions of articles 2102 and 2103, that.

 The decision does not rule on subjects of exclusive Peruvian competence.

  1. According to its norms of private international law and fundamental principles of international procedural competence, the foreign court was competent to consider the dispute.
  2. The defendant has been given due process under the law of the venue, including a fair amount of time to respond and the opportunity to consult with counsel.
  3. The ruling is binding under res judicata under the jurisdiction's local laws where the procedure was undertaken.
  4. No other trial involving the same parties and the same subject matter had been commenced in Peru previous to the filing of the case that resulted in the verdict.
  5. It does not conflict with a prior decision that satisfies the conditions for recognition and enforcement set out in this title.
  6. As for number seven, it doesn't go against any norms of society.
  7. A sense of reciprocity has been established.

6. Hence, according to Article 837 of the Civil Process Code:

The procedure referred to in Title IV of Book X of the Civil Code is brought before the Civil Court of the Superior Court in whose territorial jurisdiction the person against whom it is intended to be executed is domiciled.

7. These items are required for the application:

  1. Copies of the applicant's or representative's national identification card and signatures;
  2. if the application is being handled by a representative, a public deed granting that person a power of attorney properly registered with the Public Registries;
  3. a certified copy of the whole decision translated into Spanish by translators who are registered with the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  4. legalization of the applicant's or representative's signature before a notary public, stating under oath that: the defendant was summoned in accordance with the law of the place where the proceeding was carried out and that he or she has been granted procedural guarantees to defend himself or herself; 
  5. that the judgment has the authority of res judicata and that is not incompatible with another judgment that meets the recognition and enforcement requirements; and 
  6. If applicable, the applicant or representative has the legal authority to execute the judgment legal costs.