The comprehensive Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (Hague Service Convention) governs service of documents abroad for a number of important signatory countries. Article 5 of the Convention addresses the translation requirements
The Central Authority of the State addressed shall itself serve the document or shall arrange to have it served by an appropriate agency, either?
- By a method prescribed by its internal law for the service of documents in domestic actions upon persons who are within its territory, or
- By a particular method requested by the applicant, unless such a method is incompatible with the law of the State addressed.
Subject to sub-paragraph (b) of the first paragraph of this Article, the document may always be served by delivery to an addressee who accepts it voluntarily.
If the document is to be served under the first paragraph above, the Central Authority may require the document to be written in, or translated into, the official language or one of the official languages of the State addressed.
That part of the request, in the form attached to the present Convention, which contains a summary of the document to be served, shall be served with the document.