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B-46: ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL TO THE INTER-AMERICAN CONVENTION ON LETTERS ROGATORY

ADOPTED AT: MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY

DATE: 05/08/79

CONF/ASSEM/MEETING: SECOND INTER-AMERICAN SPECIALIZED CONFERENCE ON PRIVATE
INTERNATIONAL LAW

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 06/14/80   IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 9 OF THE PROTOCOL

DEPOSITORY: GENERAL SECRETARIAT, OAS (ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT AND RATIFICATIONS)

TEXT: OAS, TREATY SERIES, NO. 56    

UN REGISTRATION: 03/20/89  No. 24386   Vol.

OBSERVATIONS: The Protocol shall remain open for signature and subject to ratification or accession by those Member States of the OAS that have signed, ratified, or acceded to the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory, signed in Panama on January 30, 1975.       

 
GENERAL INFORMATION OF THE TREATY: B-46
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SIGNATORY COUNTRIES    SIGNATURE REF   RA/AC/AD REF   DEPOSIT INST  INFORMA REF
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Argentina ...........   05/19/86       06/15/87       07/17/87 RA     /  /     
Bolivia .............   08/02/83         /  /           /  /          /  /     
Brazil ..............   05/08/79       08/31/95       11/27/95 RA     /  /   j  
Chile ...............     /  /         11/20/89 D     01/11/90 AD   11/20/89 e 
Colombia ............   05/08/79       02/17/95       04/28/95 RA   04/15/99   
Costa Rica ..........   05/08/79         /  /           /  /          /  /     
Dominican Republic ..   05/08/79         /  /           /  /          /  /     
Ecuador .............   05/08/79    g  04/27/82       05/18/82 RA   04/23/84 a 
El Salvador .........   08/11/80       09/11/00       01/24/02 RA     /  /     
Guatemala ...........   05/08/79       01/06/88       02/26/88 RA     /  /     
Haiti ...............   05/08/79         /  /           /  /          /  /     
Honduras ............   05/08/79         /  /           /  /          /  /     
Mexico ..............   08/03/82    1  01/21/83       03/09/83 RA   03/09/83 b 
Panama ..............   05/08/79       06/27/91       08/28/91 RA   10/04/91 f 
Paraguay ............   05/08/79       07/05/85       08/16/85 RA     /  /     
Peru ................   05/08/79       04/09/80       05/15/80 RA     /  /     
United States .......   04/15/80       11/10/86 DR    07/28/88 RA   07/28/88 d 
Uruguay .............   05/08/79 D  2  02/12/80 D     05/15/80 RA   08/30/85 c 
Venezuela ...........   05/08/79       08/27/91       10/16/91 RA     /  /     
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REF = REFERENCE 					INST = TYPE OF INSTRUMENT
D = DECLARATION 					RA = RATIFICATION
R = RESERVATION 					AC = ACCEPTANCE
INFORMA = INFORMATION REQUIRED BY THE TREATY		AD = ACCESSION
*DECLARATIONS/RESERVATIONS/DENUNCIATIONS/WITHDRAWALS

B-46: ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL TO THE INTER-AMERICAN CONVENTION ON LETTERS ROGATORY

 

1. Mexico:
Signed ad referendum.                                                      
                                                                             
2. Uruguay:          
(Declaration made at the time of signature)
The scope of public order:
Uruguay wishes to state that it expressly ratifies the line of
thought enunciated in Panama at CIDIP-I, reaffirming its genuine Pan          
American spirit and its clear and positive decision to contribute             
with its ideas and endorsement to the successful development of the           
legal community.
This line of thinking and conduct has been evidenced in                    
undoubtable form by the unreserved ratification by Uruguay of all             
the Conventions of Panama, approved by law number 14,534 in 1976. 
In line with the foregoing, Uruguay gives its affirmative vote             
to the formula regarding public order.  Nevertheless, Uruguay wishes          
to state expressly and clearly that, in accordance with the position          
it maintained in Panama, its interpretation of the aforementioned             
exception refers to international public order as an individual               
juridical institution, not necessarily identifiable with the                  
internal public order of each state.    
Therefore, in the opinion of Uruguay, the approved formula                 
conveys an exceptional authorization to the various States Parties            
to declare in a nondiscretionary and well-founded manner that the             
precepts of foreign law are inapplicable whenever these concretely            
and in a serious and open manner offend the standards and principles          
essential to the international public order on which each individual          
state bases its legal individuality.                                          
                                                                              
a. Ecuador:
(Provided information in accordance with Article 2) 
Appointed the Asesoría Técnico-Jurídica of the Ministry of                 
Foreign Affairs of Ecuador as the Central Authority competent to              
carry out the functions entrusted to it in the Protocol. ( April              
23rd, 1984)                                                                   
                                                                              
b.   Mexico:
(Provided information in accordance with Article 2) 
Appointed by the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico as the           
Central Authority competent to receive and distribute letters                 
rogatory as provided for in the Protocol.                                     
                                                                              
c.    Uruguay:  
(Declaration made at the time of ratification)                             
                                                                              
   With the declaration made at the time of signature.                        
                                                                              
   (Provided information in accordance with Articles 2, 6 and 7)              
                                                                              
   Appointed the Ministry of Education and Culture the "Central               
Authority for International Legal Cooperation" as the central                 
authority competent to carry out the functions entrusted to it in             
the Protocol. ( August 30th, 1985 )                                           
                                                                              
   Moreover, the Government of Uruguay informed that, "For the                
purposes indicated in Articles six and seven of the above-cited               
Protocol, I wish to state that the single fixed amount of the cost            
of the services necessary for execution of the letter rogatory will           
be twenty readjustable units or its equivalent in currency.  Also             
the schedule of the services that must be paid directly by the                
interested party will be limited to the possibility of resorting to           
the need for the services of appraisers, experts and other                    
assistants in the case affected."                                             
                                                                              
d.  United States:      
(Reservations made at the time of ratification)                            
                                                                              
   1.  Pursuant to Article 2 b) of the Inter-American Convention on           
Letters Rogatory, letters rogatory that have as their purpose the             
taking of evidence shall be excluded from the rights, obligations             
and operation of this Convention between the United States and                
another State Party.                                                          
                                                                              
   2.  In ratifying the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory, 
the United States accepts entry into force and undertakes treaty relations 
only with respect to States which have ratified or acceded to the 
Additional Protocol as well as the Inter-American Convention, 
and not with respect to States which have ratified or acceded 
to the Inter-American Convention alone.                 
                                                                              
   (Provided information in accordance with Article 2)                        
Pursuant to Article 4 of the Convention and Article 2 of 
the Additional Protocol, the Government of the United States withes to            
inform the Secretary General that the Department of Justice is the            
Central Authority competent to receive and distribute letters                 
rogatory.  The mailing address for these purposes is:                         
                                                                              
   Office of International Judicial Assistance                                
   Civil Division                                                             
   Department of Justice                                                      
   Todd Building, Room 1234                                                   
   550 11th Street, N.W.                                                      
   Washington, D.C.  20530                                                    
                                                                              
   (Declarations made at the time of ratification)                            
                                                                              
   Pursuant to Article 6 of the Additional Protocol, the Government           
of the United States declares that the United States reserves the             
right to charge a total of twenty-five dollars for performance of             
the services referred to therein.                                             
                                                                              
   Pursuant to Article 7 of the Additional Protocol, the Government           
of the United States declares that the aforementioned charge shall            
be waived on a reciprocal basis for the execution of a letter                 
rogatory emanating from any State Party to both the Convention and            
Additional Protocol and may be otherwise appropriate.            
 

On May 1, 2014, the General Secretariat received form the Office of International Judicial Assistance of the Department of Justice of the United States updated contact information regarding the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory and the Additional Protocol to the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory.

The United States Central Authority for service of judicial documents under the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory and the Additional Protocol to the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory requested to update the following information.

The mailing address of the Office of International Judicial Assistance is:
United States Department of Justice
Office of International Affair
Benjamin Franklin Station
P.O. Box 14360
Washington, D.C. 20004
USA
Telephone: 1-202-514-6700
Fax: 1-202-514-6584
Email: OIJA@usdoj.gov
Website: http://www.justice.gov/civil/common/oija/oija.html


The Office of International Judicial Assistance has elected to utilize a private contractor to execute service request under this Convention to Process Forwarding International (PFI), which is know as ABC Legal. Accordingly, Requesting Authorities should send documents directly to PFI at the following contact information.


The mailing address of PFI is:
Process Forwarding International
633 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104
USA
Telephone: 1-206-521-2979
Fax: 1-206-224-3410
Email: info@hagueservice.net
Website: http://www.hagueservice.net

Contact person: Michael Hawkins, International Service Specialist
Telephone: 1-206-521-2861; 1-800-331-3087 (direct)
Email: MHawkins@PFIServes.com

             
                                                                              
e. Chile:
(Declaration made at the time of accession) 
In accordance with Article 6, the single fixed amount of the               
cost referred to in this provision shall be of twenty-five U.S. dollars.
                                                                              
                                                                              
f. Panama:
(Provided information in accordance with Article 2 of the  Protocol)
                                                                              
On October 4, 1991, Panama designated the Ministry of Foreign              
Affairs as the Central Authority competent pursuant to the functions          
of article 2 of the Protocol .                                                
                                                                              
g. Ecuador                                                                    
                                                                              
The Government of Ecuador has designated the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Technical and Legal Advisory Office, General Directorate of          
Legal Affairs as the central authority to receive and distribute              
letters rogatory, for the purposes set forth in the Protocol.
 

On July 13, 2012, Ecuador  informed on the designation of the "Dirección de Asuntos Jurídicos Internacionales del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio e Integración" as the Central Authority for the purpose of the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory, the Additional Protocol to the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory, Inter-American Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad and the Inter-American Convention on Proof of and Information on Foreign Law.

 
h. Colombia
The Government of Colombia has designated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Carrera 6 No.9-46 Santa Fe de Bogota, D.C. Colombia tel. 57-1-2 832800 
fax 57-1-2 866055, 2 861813 as the Central Autority competent pursuant 
to the functions of article 2 of the Protocol.
 
i. El Salvador
Appointed the Supreme Court of Justice as the Central Authority on 
January 24, 2002.
Declaration made at the time of ratification:
"According to domestic law, pursuant to Article 181 of the Constitution
of the Republic, no charge shall be made for the execution of letters 
requisitorial or rogatory in this country (January 24, 2002)." 
 
j.- Brazil: 
Designation of Central Authority (January 26, 2007)

On January 26, 2007, Brazil appointed the Ministério da Justiça 
as the central authority for the Additional Protocol to the Inter-American 
Convention on Letters Rogatory: 
Esplanada dos Ministérios, 
bl. T, 4 andar, sl. 424, 
70000-900, Brasilia, DF, 
+ 55 (61) 3429-8900
 

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