MUTUAL ASSISTANCE IN CIVIL AND
COMMERCIAL MATTERS ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1.        Short title.

PART I

GENERAL

2.        Objects of the Act.

3.        Central Authority.

PART II

SERVICE OF PROCESS ABROAD

4.        Countries to which this Part of this Act applies.

5.        Requests for service of process.

6.        Request by a specified country for service of any summons or document in Sri Lanka.

7.        Request by the Central Authority for service of summons in a specified country.

8.        Right of appeal.

PART III

ASSISTANCE IN RELATION TO TAKING OF EVIDENCE

9.        Countries to which this Part of this Act applies.

10.      Request by a specified country for evidence to be taken in Sri Lanka.

11.      Request by Central Authority for evidence to be taken in and documents to be produced in a specified country.

PART IV

MISCELLANEOUS

12.      Language of request.

13.      Refusal of requests.

14.      Provisions, of this Act, to be in addition to other law providing for service of evidence.

15.      Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

16.      Interpretation.

39 of 2000.

AN ACT to provide for the rendering of Mutual Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters between Sri Lanka and other Countries, and to give effect to, the Hague Convention on the service abroad of judicial and extra judicial documents in civil and commercial matters, and the Hague convention on the taking of evidence abroad in civil and commercial matters.

[Date of Commencement: 3rd August, 2000]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Mutual Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters Act.

PART I

General

2. Objects of the Act.

The objects of this Act are to facilitate the provision of, and the obtaining by Sri Lanka of assistance in civil and commercial matters, including—

(a)  the service of judicial and extra judicial documents;

(b)  the examination of witnesses and the obtaining of evidence, documents and other articles;

(c)  the provision of documents and other records.

3. Central Authority.

The Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Justice shall be the Central Authority for the purposes of this Act (hereinafter referred to as “the Central Authority”).

PART II

Service of Process Abroad

4. Countries to which this Part of this Act applies.

The Minister may by Order published in the Gazette, declare that the provisions of this Part of this Act shall apply in respect of—

(a)  a country which is a party to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters, signed on November 15, 1965; and

(b)  a country which has entered into an agreement with Sri Lanka, extending the application of the provisions of this Part of this Act to that country. Every country in respect of which an Order has been made under this section is hereinafter in this Part of this Act referred to as a “specified country”.

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