Council Regulation (EC) No. 1206/2001 of 28 May 2001 on cooperation between the courts of the Member States in the taking of evidence in civil or commercial matters seeks to improve, simplify and accelerate cooperation between courts in the taking of evidence.
The Regulation applies between all Member States of the European Union with the exception of Denmark. Between Denmark and the other Member States the Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters of 1970 applies.
The Regulation provides for two ways of taking of evidence between Member States: direct transmission of requests between the courts and the direct taking of evidence by the requesting court.
The Requesting Court is the court before which the proceedings are commenced or contemplated. The Requested Court is the competent court of another Member State for the performance of the taking of evidence. The Central Body is responsible for supplying information and seeking solutions to any difficulties which may arise in respect of a request.
The Regulation provides for ten forms.
For additional information, please go to our page on Taking of evidence.
You can complete these forms online by clicking one of the links below. If you have already started a form and saved a draft, you can upload it using the "Load draft" button.
As of 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom is no longer an EU Member State. However, under the Withdrawal Agreement, EU law shall apply to and in the United Kingdom during the transition period. The United Kingdom can be selected in forms until the end of the transition period, 31 December 2020.
The European e-Justice Portal now offers you the possibility to send forms to courts in certain Member States using a secure electronic channel. The forms that can be sent in this manner are marked with the icon.
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Last update : 01/10/2015