Chief Executive Notice no. 37/2017 announced that that the “Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters”, concluded in the Hague on March 18, 1970, is in effect between Macau and Malta, Armenia, Colombia, Hungary, Iceland, India, Liechtenstein, Montenegro and Seychelles.

The goal is to improve mutual cooperation in civil and commercial matters and to facilitate the transmission and execution of Letters of Request by the Contracting States.

Consequently, in any civil or commercial judicial proceedings, a judicial authority of a Contracting State may request the competent authority of another Contracting State - by means of a Letter of Request - to obtain evidence, or to perform some other judicial acts.

Being Macau an importer of goods and services it is expected that this will facilitate and expedite the relevant procedures.