Russian Federation 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.

Russian Federation PROCESS SERVERs

Russian Federation 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

Legal assistance within the Russian Federation is provided in accordance with the rules of the Code of Civil Procedure and the Code of Arbitration Procedure of the Russian Federation which regulate, respectively, procedural aspects of operation of the general jurisdiction courts and arbitration courts in the Russian Federation. Writs of summons or other notices are delivered by mail or by a person who was instructed by the judge to deliver the same. The time of their service on the addressee is documented by means used for that purpose by postal offices or is specified in a document to be returned to the court. A writ of summons addressed to an individual is served on him/her personally against his/her signature affixed to the summons stub which should be returned to the court.  A writ of summons addressed to an entity is served on a respective official who should sign the summons stub to confirm the receipt of the writ of summons.  Should the addressee refuse to accept the writ of summons or another court notice, the person delivering or serving the same makes a respective note on the writ of summons or the court notice which is then returned to the court. The addressee who has refused to accept the writ of summons or another court notice is deemed to have been notified of the place, date, and time of a respective court proceeding or another particular proceeding. In practice, requests are executed by means of the court summoning the addressee to hand respective documents over to him/her against his/her signature. The court which has directly considered a request draws up a certificate confirming that the documents have been served or setting out the reasons which have prevented execution of the request. Documents drawn up in connection with execution of the request are sent to the Russian CA to be further sent to the requesting authority.

Russian courts assist the applicants in completing documents as provided for by national procedural laws.

The Russian CA has not received any requests for service using a "particular method".

Translation Requirements

Pursuant to Article 5(3) of the Convention documents to be served within the territory of the Russian Federation shall only be accepted if they have been written in, or translated into the Russian language.  Click here to read all the declarations made by the Russian Federation under the Service Convention.

Timeline for Execution

3 to 6 months.

Procedure

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.

The main benefits of the Hague Service Convention over letters rogatory is that it is faster (requests generally take two to four months rather than six months to one year), it uses standardized forms which should be recognized by authorities in other states, and it is cheaper (in most cases).

Our Process

Documents can be faxed (800)-296-0115, emailed ps@undisputedlegal.com, 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. This option is only available for email or fax.

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 will be received by our receptionist.

What Should You Do Next?

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