Requests for mutual legal assistance
The Law Officers' Department is the central authority for requests for mutual legal assistance, including requests made under the various Hague Conventions, such as the service of documents in civil and matrimonial cases.
Such requests should be addressed to HM Attorney General in the first instance and we will then arrange for service to be effected and a certificate of service returned to the requesting party.
Contact the Practice Manager if you need more help on approaching the department for advice (tel: +44 (0) 1534 441444).
The Attorney General has issued general guidance to investigatory authorities in other jurisdictions who require mutual legal assistance in their own investigations.
Guidelines in English
The mutual legal assistance guidelines, in English, can be downloaded below.
Mutual legal assistance guidelines (English)
Guidelines in French and Arabic
You can download French and Arabic versions of the mutual legal assistance guidelines below.
Entraide judiciare principes généraux d'application (mutual legal assistance guidelines: French version)
Arabic version of mutual legal assistance guidelines
Repatriation agreement between Jersey, Nigeria and the USA
On 3 February 2020, Jersey’s Solicitor General (as Attorney General Designate) Mark Temple QC signed an Asset Recovery Agreement to repatriate more than US$300 million of forfeited assets to Nigeria.
Following mutual legal assistance requests, the funds in Jersey were restrained under the Civil Asset Recovery (International Co-operation) (Jersey) Law 2007 and the Royal Court of Jersey registered a civil asset recovery order made by a United States Court. The funds were returned to the United States and paid to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in accordance with an Asset Recovery Agreement agreed between the US, Nigeria and Jersey.
The Agreement provides the mechanism by which the funds will be repatriated for the benefit of the people of Nigeria.
Asset Recovery Agreement
Repatriation agreement between Jersey, Nigeria and USA press release