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Executive Order 11471--Relating to the implementation of the Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in civil or commercial matters

Source: The provisions of Executive Order 11471 of May 28, 1969, appear at 34 FR 8349, 3 CFR, 1966-1970 Comp., p. 791, unless otherwise noted.

The Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents was ratified by the United States of America and proclaimed by the President on January 8, 1969. It came into force on February 10, 1969. The Contracting States have now undertaken to designate authorities to give effect to the Convention's provisions.

In order that the Government of the United States of America may give full and complete effect to the Convention, it is expedient and necessary that several departments of the Executive Branch of that Government perform certain functions.

NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me by section 301 of title 3 of the United States Code and as President of the United States of America, it is ordered as follows:

Section 1. Designation of Central Authority. The Department of State is designated as the Central Authority to receive requests for service from other Contracting States and to proceed in conformity with articles 3-6 of the Convention.

Sec. 2. Designation of Authority To Complete Certificate. The Department of State, the Department of Justice and the United States Marshal or Deputy Marshal for the judicial district in which service is made are designated as authorities to complete the certificate in the form annexed to the Convention.

Sec. 3. Additional Designations. The Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the Attorney General in cases involving designations of authority to officers of the Department of Justice, is authorized to make additional designations provided for in the Convention or to modify the designations made by this order.