The Office of International Judicial Assistance (OIJA) serves as the Central Authority for the United States under the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters, T.I.A.S. No. 7444, 23 U.S.T. 2555 (Hague Evidence Convention) as well as for evidence requests concerning civil or commercial matters received through diplomatic channels. This website is intended to assist foreign judicial authorities in formulating executable evidence requests in civil or commercial matters and communicating with the OIJA as to such pending evidence requests. Guidance upon requesting evidence in civil or commercial matters is found under Hague Evidence Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions. The OIJA does not handle evidence requests in criminal matters, including requests made pursuant to mutual legal assistance treaties. Requests relating to criminal matters should be forwarded to the Office of International Affairs of the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division.
The OIJA also serves as the Central Authority under the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, T.I.A.S. No. 6638, 20 U.S.T. 2/ 361 (Hague Service Convention), and, for purposes of service, the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory, S. Treaty Doc. No. 27, 98th Cong., 2d Sess. (1984), and the Additional Protocol to the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory, S. Treaty Doc. No.98–27, 58 Fed. Reg. 31,132 (1988) (Inter-American Convention). Service requests, whether through the Hague Service Convention or through the Inter-American Convention, are executed through a private contractor. Accordingly, service requests and service-related inquiries should be sent directly to Process Forwarding International, also known as ABC Legal.
Although the OIJA does not process or otherwise review requests from private litigants in the United States for evidence from foreign states, we provide a few useful links under Other.