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|Service of Process by Mail?
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INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OR FOREIGN COUNSEL.
Judicial assistance between the United States and Fiji is governed by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR), 21 UST 77; 596 UNTS 261; TIAS 6820 (Article 5) and applicable local law. Fiji is not a party to the Hague Conventions on Service or Evidence.
- Embassies and Consulates
- U.S. Embassy Suva
158 Princes Rd, Tamavua
Suva, Fiji Islands
Telephone: (679) 331-4466
Emergency Telephone: (679) 772-8049
Fax: (679) 330-2267
- List of Attorneys
- List of Attorneys - U.S. Embassy Suva
- Helpful Links
- Service of Process
- Fiji is not a party to the Hague Convention on Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra-Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial
Matters. U.S. consular officers are generally prohibited from serving legal documents ( 22 CFR 92.85). In the absence of any prohibition against it, service of process in Fiji may be effected by mail, by agent, such as a
local attorney, or via letters rogatory. Service by letters rogatory through the diplomatic channel can take more than a year.
See the Department of State circular on Preparation of Letters Rogatory. You may wish to consult an attorney in Fiji before selecting a particular method of service to attempt to ensure that the
procedures you follow are in accordance with local law. This may be particularly significant if you wish to enforce a judgment
issued by a court in the United States.
- Criminal Matters
Prosecution Requests: U.S. federal or state prosecutors should also contact the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, Department of Justice for guidance.
Defense Requests in Criminal Matters: Criminal defendants or their defense counsel seeking judicial assistance in obtaining evidence or in effecting service of
documents abroad in connection with criminal matters may do so via the letters rogatory process.
- Obtaining Evidence in Civil and Commercial Matters
- Fiji is not a party to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters. Compulsion
of evidence may be sought in Fiji via letters rogatory. For general guidance about preparation and transmittal of such requests,
see our Preparation of Letters Rogatory circular. Letters rogatory for compulsion of evidence should be transmitted to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular
Affairs, Overseas Citizens Services, Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management, East Asia and Pacific Division,
CA/OCS/ACS/EAP. Mailing address: SA-29, 4th Floor, 2201 C Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20520. Authorities in Fiji have advised
the U.S. Embassy that letters rogatory are executed by Fijian authorities under Order 39, rule 11 of the Rules of the Supreme
Court of Fiji. You may wish to consult a local attorney in Fiji before pursuing letters rogatory to determine if alternative
procedures are acceptable under local law.
- Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses
- The U.S. embassy has been informed by the Government of Fiji that the laws and regulations of Fiji do not prohibit the taking
of voluntary depositions. Depositions may be taken of willing witnesses before a U.S. consular officer from the U.S. embassy
either on notice or pursuant to a commission. If the services of a U.S. consular officer are required to administer an oath
to the witness, interpreter and stenographer, contact the American Citizen Services. You may wish to consult a local attorney
in Fiji to determine if alternative procedures are acceptable under local law.
- Authentication of Documents
- Fiji is a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents. Fiji’s competent authority for the Hague Apostille Convention will authenticate Fijian public documents with Apostilles. For information about authenticating U.S. public documents for
use in Fiji, see the list of U.S. Competent Authorities. To obtain an Apostille for a U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America, contact
the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services, Vital Records Office.