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Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003

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Service of overseas process in the UK

1Service of overseas process

(1)The power conferred by subsection (3) is exercisable where the Secretary of State receives any process or other document to which this section applies from the government of, or other authority in, a country outside the United Kingdom, together with a request for the process or document to be served on a person in the United Kingdom.

(2)This section applies—

(a)to any process issued or made in that country for the purposes of criminal proceedings,

(b)to any document issued or made by an administrative authority in that country in administrative proceedings,

(c)to any process issued or made for the purposes of any proceedings on an appeal before a court in that country against a decision in administrative proceedings,

(d)to any document issued or made by an authority in that country for the purposes of clemency proceedings.

(3)The Secretary of State may cause the process or document to be served by post or, if the request is for personal service, direct the chief officer of police for the area in which that person appears to be to cause it to be personally served on him.

(4)In relation to any process or document to be served in Scotland, references in this section to the Secretary of State are to be read as references to the Lord Advocate.

2Service of overseas process: supplementary

(1)Subsections (2) and (3) apply to any process served in a part of the United Kingdom by virtue of section 1 requiring a person to appear as a party or attend as a witness.

(2)No obligation under the law of that part to comply with the process is imposed by virtue of its service.

(3)The process must be accompanied by a notice—

(a)stating the effect of subsection (2),

(b)indicating that the person on whom it is served may wish to seek advice as to the possible consequences of his failing to comply with the process under the law of the country where it was issued or made, and

(c)indicating that under that law he may not be accorded the same rights and privileges as a party or as a witness as would be accorded to him in proceedings in the part of the United Kingdom in which the process is served.

(4)Where a chief officer of police causes any process or document to be served under section 1, he must at once—

(a)tell the Secretary of State (or, as the case may be, the Lord Advocate) when and how it was served, and

(b)(if possible) provide him with a receipt signed by the person on whom it was served.

(5)Where the chief officer of police is unable to cause any process or document to be served as directed, he must at once inform the Secretary of State (or, as the case may be, the Lord Advocate) of that fact and of the reason.

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