Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters Law and Legal Definition

The Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters is a multilateral treaty that details formal procedures for obtaining evidence in a foreign country. For example, it provides the procedures for taking a deposition in a foreign country. It is commonly referred to as the Hague Evidence Convention. This convention was convened on October 26, 1968, and came into force in 1972.

This convention allows transmission of Letters of Request from the signatory state where the evidence is sought , to another signatory state where the evidence is located, without depending on consular and diplomatic channels.