Service of Legal Process (Summons, Court Orders, Depositions etc.) from the Philippines

  • ONLY DOCUMENTS SENT BY THE PHILIPPINES’ DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS WILL BE PROCESSED BY THE CONSULATE.
  • DO NOT DIRECTLY MAIL THE CONSULATE THE COURT ORDER AND DOCUMENTS.

For Orders Issued by a Philippine Court to serve an order, summons or legal documents within this Consulate’s jurisdiction:

  • Before the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) sends to this Consulate to document/s to be served, DFA must receive the following:
  1. Court approved motion directing the Department of Foreign Affairs, through its Office of Legal Affairs, and the Consulate to serve the Court’s order to the party whose address (the more precise, the better) is within this Consulate jurisdiction; and 
  2. Court certified copy of the document to be served.
  • Once received by the Consulate from DFA, the Consulate will mail the legal document/s to the address provided by the Court.

For Depositions Upon Written Interrogatories within this Consulate’s jurisdiction:

  • Before the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) sends to this Consulate the deposition documents, DFA must receive the following:
  1. Court approved motion directing the Department of Foreign Affairs, through its Office of Legal Affairs, and the Consulate to serve the Court’s order and written interrogatories to the party whose address (the more precise, the better) is within this Consulate jurisdiction; and 
  2. Court certified copy of the order and written interrogatories.
  • Once received by the Consulate from DFA, the Consulate will mail the deponent the deposition schedule and documents.
  • On scheduled date of deposition, deponent must personally appear before the Consular officer with valid identification and the documents sent to deponent. Other instructions will made to deponent on deposition date.

NOTE:

For Judicial Affidavits under A.M. No. 12-8-8-SC, it is suggested that instead of executing a judicial affidavit, the would be affiant is advised to comply with the requirements for deposition upon written interrogatories.