Taking evidence


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Taking evidence

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Article 2 – Requested courts

Click on the below link to view all competent authorities related to this Article.
List of competent authorities

Article 3 – Central body

The central body designated by Portugal in accordance with Article 3 of Council Regulation 1206/2001:

Directorate-General for Justice Administration (Direção-Geral da Administração da Justiça)

Av. D. João II, 1.08.01 D/E

PT - 1990-097 LISBON

Tel: +351 21 790 62 00; +351 21 790 62 23

Fax: +351 21 154 51 00

E-mail: correio@dgaj.mj.pt

Website: http://www.dgaj.mj.pt/

Article 5 – Languages accepted for completion of the forms

The languages that should be used to complete standard forms are Portuguese or Spanish.

Article 6 – Means accepted for transmission of requests and other communications

Requests and other communications may be received by:



Telematic means

The following can be used in cases of urgency:


Telephone call (followed up with a written document)

Other analogue means of communication

Article 17 – Central body or competent authority(ies) responsible for decisions on requests for direct taking of evidence

The central body is the competent authority for assessing requests for direct taking of evidence:


Directorate-General for Justice Administration (Direção-Geral da Administração da Justiça)

Av. D. João II, 1.08.01 D/E, Torre H

1990-097 LISBON


Tel: +351 21 790 62 00

Fax: +351 21 154 51 00/60

E-mail: correio@dgaj.mj.pt

Website: http://www.dgaj.mj.pt/

Article 21 – Agreements or arrangements to which Member States are parties and which comply with the conditions in Article 21(2)

For the purposes of Article 21(3) of Council Regulation 1206/2001, a copy of Decree No 14/98 of 27 May, Notice 274/98 and List No 73/2000 are attached with reference to the Agreement between the Republic of Portugal and the Kingdom of Spain concerning Judicial Cooperation in Criminal and Civil Matters

Last update: 12/08/2019

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