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 Central Authority designated in accordance with Article 53 is the following government department:
DGRSP - Directorate-General for Rehabilitation and Prison Services (Direcção-Geral de Reinserção e Serviços Prisionais)
Legal Assistance and Dispute Department (Gabinete Jurídico e Contencioso)
Travessa da Cruz do Torel, nº 1
Tel.: +351 218812200
Fax: +351 218853653
Pursuant to Article 57(2), the languages that may be used to communicate with the Central Authority are Portuguese, English and French.
The languages accepted for the certificate concerning rights of access and the return of a child pursuant to Article 45(2) are Portuguese and English.
For the cases referred to in Articles 21 and 29, the court with jurisdiction is:
- the Family and Minors Division (Juízo de Família e Menores); or, if there isn’t one:
- the Local Civil Division (Juízo Local Cível), if one exists, or the Local General Division (Juízo Local de Competência Genérica).
The appeals provided for under Article 33 must be lodged with the Court of Appeal (Tribunal da Relação).
For the purposes of Article 34 of the Regulation, it is only possible to bring an appeal on a point of law and this must be lodged with the Supreme Court of Justice (Supremo Tribunal de Justiça).
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