Chain-Certificate Method Law and Legal Definition

Chain certificate method is a procedure laid under the federal rules of civil procedure to authenticate a foreign official record by a party seeking to admit the record as evidence at trial. The procedure is as follows: A foreign official record is attested by a person authorized to make the attestation. It is then accompanied by a final certification of genuiness of the signature and official position of the attesting person. It also includes other chain of certificates of genuiness of signature and official position relating to the attestation. A final certification is made by a secretary of embassy, or any consul general.