Service of documents - authority - ICC proceedings


Finland - International Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters 1994 EN

Chapter 1
General provisions

Section 1
Scope of application

International assistance in criminal matters, as referred to in this Act, shall include:

1) service of decisions, summonses, notices and other judicial documents relating to a criminal matter, including summonses to appear before an authority of the requesting State;

Chapter 3
Specific provisions on the provision of assistance

Section 17

The service of a document shall be effected in accordance with Finnish law for the service of a corresponding document, or in compliance with a particular method specified in the request, unless such a method would be incompatible with Finnish law. Proof of service shall be given by means of a certificate stating the date, place and method of service, the person on whom the document has been served and the person to whom the document has been delivered.
A document shall be served in accordance with paragraph 1, if the document to be served is in Finnish or in Swedish or accompanied by a translation to either of these languages. In other cases the service may be carried out by delivery of the document to the addressee who accepts it voluntarily. However, the service may be carried out in accordance with paragraph 1, where it is evident that the addressee has a sufficient understanding of the language of the document or the accompanying translation.
Supplementary rules on the service of documents shall be issued by Decree.

Rome Statute

Article 93 Other forms of cooperation

1. States Parties shall, in accordance with the provisions of this Part and under procedures of national law, comply with requests by the Court to provide the following assistance in relation to investigations or prosecutions:

(d) The service of documents, including judicial documents;