The search tool below will help you to identify court(s)/authority(ies) competent for a specific European legal instrument. Please note that although every effort has been made to ascertain the accuracy of the results, there may be some exceptional cases concerning the determination of competence that are not necessarily covered.
The names, addresses and means of communication for the central authorities designated pursuant to Article 53:
The Ministry of Justice
International legal assistance
Tel.:+358 9 1606 7628
Fax:+358 9 1606 7524
The languages accepted for communications to central authorities pursuant to Article 57(2): Finnish, Swedish, English.
For the certificate on access rights and the return of a child - Article 45(2): Finnish, Swedish, English.
The applications provided for in Articles 21 and 29 shall be submitted to the following courts:
- in Finland, the käräjäoikeus/tingsrätt.
The appeal provided for in Article 33 shall be lodged with the following courts:
- in Finland, the hovioikeus/hovrätt.
The judgments given on appeal provided for in Article 34 may be contested only at:
- in Finland, the Korkein oikeus/högsta domstolen.
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