Korea Process Service
Process service, also known as "service of process,” is the procedure employed to give an appropriate notice of initial legal action to another party (such as a defendant), court, or administrative body in an effort to exercise jurisdiction over that person so as to enable that person to respond to the proceeding before the court, body, or other tribunal. Notice is furnished by delivering a set of court documents (called "process") to the person to be served, process service is performed by a process server.
Korea PROCESS SERVERs
Korea process servers serve civil and commercial matters pursuant to the Hague Service Convention, which is a multilateral treaty adopted in Hague, Netherlands on November 15, 1965, by member states of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It came into existence to give litigants a reliable and efficient means of serving the documents on parties living, operating or based in another country. The provisions of the convention apply to service of process in civil and commercial matters but not criminal matters. Also, the Convention shall not apply if the address of the person to be served with the document is not known.
Method of Service
In principle, a competent court, as an appropriate agency, serves the document by registered mail (recorded delivery) or an execution officer serves the documents as prescribed by the Korean Supreme Court Regulations.
Where the translated document is not attached, or the applicant requests so, the competent court may serve by informal method pursuant to Article 5(1)(b).
Relevant laws: Civil Procedure Act (applicable with Contracting States to the Service Convention), Act on International Judicial Mutual Assistance in Civil Matters (applicable with non-Contracting States to the Service Convention).
In case where the document is served under Article 5(1), translation into the official language (Korean) should be attached.
Timeline for Execution
The following data is in accordance with the recent survey conducted by the National Court of Administration.
In 2012, the Central Authority received 604 requests for service. Of these:
- 200 were executed in less than 2 months
- 240 were executed in 2-4 months
- 99 were executed in 4-6 months
- 21 were executed in 6-12 months
- 8 were executed in more than 12 months
- 4 are currently pending
In 2014, 435 requests were received. Of these:
- 259 were executed in less than 2 months• 73 were executed in 2-4 months
- 18 were executed in 4-6 months
- 22 executed in 6-12 months
- 0 were executed in more than 12 months
- 63 are currently pending
The Hague Service Convention established a more simplified means for parties to effect service in other contracting states. Under the convention, each contracting state is required to designate a central authority to accept incoming requests for service. A judicial officer who is competent to serve process in the state of origin is permitted to send request for service directly to the central authority of the state where service is to be made. Upon receiving the request, the central authority in the receiving state arranges for service in a manner permitted within the receiving state, typically through a local court. Once service is effected, the central authority sends a certificate of service to the judicial officer who made the request.
Documents can be faxed (800)-296-0115, emailed firstname.lastname@example.org, mailed 590 Madison Avenue, 21 Floor, New York, New York 10022, or dropped off at any of our location. We do require pre-payment 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 form of a money order or attorney check (WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH) payable to UNDISPUTED LEGAL INC., All documents are received by our receptionist.
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Connecticut: (203) 489-2940 – 500 West Putnam Avenue, Suite 400, Greenwich, CT 06830
New Jersey: (201) 630-0114 - 101 Hudson Street, 21 Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302
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