You may require an apostille for a UK court document if you plan to use it outside the UK. Our apostille service will ensure your court document is officially legalised and provide solicitor or notary public certification.

What it is:  

Court documents refer to documents filed in a court of law concerning a legal case. These could be pleadings, motions, orders and expert testimonies.

Frequently used for:

Court documents can be used in the following situations:

  • To show that you have filed for bankruptcy
  • To show that you changed your name legally
  • To show details of a last will and testament.
  • To show specific court orders and decisions
  • To show court judgements.

Original or copy:

In most situations, we process original court documents. We can make a copy of the court document and issue the apostille. However, we recommend checking if this will be accepted overseas.

Considerations:

Almost all court documents are stamped by the court or bear the signature of an official court officer. The apostille is issued against this stamp or signature.

Replacement documents:

To replace a court document, you would have to consult the court that had the document issued in the UK for a replacement.

How much does it cost?

A standard FCDO apostille for court documents starts from £79.

Other costs will depend on what service you choose (same day service available) if you need a notary or solicitor service, embassy fees if required and what return delivery method is required.

How to order:

A straightforward apostille for UK court documents can be ordered online. You can choose additional options on the order page. If you are unsure, please call our office and speak to one of our experts.

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Why is an apostille required for a court document?

An apostille is required for a court document to make it valid for use in other countries. The authority receiving the document will be able to trust and accept the seals or signatures as authentic and accurate without requesting further evidence or proof.

How is the document returned to me after the legalisation service?

After the apostille service has been issued on the court documents, the originals are usually sent to you directly through the address you provided, such as FedEx, UPS, DHL or the UK Postal Service.

Example of Court Documents
Example of a court document (image credit: supremecourt.uk)

Which court documents can be apostilled in the United Kingdom?

There’s a wide variety of court documents that can receive an apostille certificate.

These include:

  • A decree absolute from a divorce
  • A Last will & testament
  • Grants of Probate
  • Court orders and decisions
  • Court judgements
  • Bankruptcy documents
  • County court documents
  • Court of bankruptcy documents
  • The High Court of justice documents
  • Sheriff court documents
  • Any other genuine UK court issued document
  • A decree NISI for dissolving a marriage

Can a copy be authenticated?

Yes, a copy of a court document can be issued with an apostille certificate if:

  • It is accompanied by a written statement affirming that the copy is true and accurate
  • If it is sworn to and signed before a notary public or UK solicitor

Who provides the court documents?

UK court documents are typically issued by:

  • County courts
  • Court of Bankruptcy
  • The family division of the high court of Justice

What criteria are required to legalise court documents?

For the court documents to be legalised, they must fulfil the following criteria:

  • They must contain the court’s original seal or ink stamp.
  • Second, they must include the court official’s signature.
  • Third, they must have a notarised public authentication from a solicitor or notary.

All of this is determined by the solicitor or notary public, who must:

  • First, list the elements they will be testing (trueness, original document, witness signature, and so on).
  • Use their unique signature, not the company’s name.
  • State the date of the certification.
  • State the details of the company address.
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