The Republic of Austria is not a signatory to the Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, also called the Hague Service Convention.

Consequently, service of process in Austria may only be properly effected via a letter rogatory.

Legalization of Documents

Typically, Letters Rogatory must be “legalized” to prove their authenticity.  Austria, however, has waived the legalization requirement, so litigants do not need to submit certified, apostilled documents for service.

However, letters must be conveyed via diplomatic channels.

Translation Requirement

Austria has a strict translation requirement.  In most countries, litigants may submit a certified translation of the document to be served done by a qualified translator.

In Austria, however, the translation must be done by an Austrian court-certified translator.  This can drive the time and cost of translation up to nearly double that of a “normal” German translation.

LLS Can Help

LLS has significant experience with the execution of letters rogatory for service of process in Austria and will be happy to assist you with your project.  Please contact us at 1-800-755-5775 for more information.