letters of request

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letters of request

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letters rogatory

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littera rogatoria

documents sent from a court in one jurisdiction to a court in another asking for some form of judicial assistance such as the obtaining of evidence.

LETTERS OF REQUEST, Eng. eccl. law, An instrument by which a judge of an inferior court waives or remits his own jurisdiction in favor of a court of appeal immediately superior to it.
     2. Letters of request, in general, lie only where an appeal would lie, and lie only to the next immediate court of appeal, waiving merely the primary jurisdiction to the proper appellate court, except letters of request from the most inferior ecclesiastical court, which may be direct to the court of arches, although one or two courts of appeal may, by this, be ousted of their jurisdiction as courts of appeal. 2 Addams, R. 406. The effect of letters of request is to give jurisdiction to the appellate court in the first instance. Id. See a form of letters of request in 2 Chit. Pr. 498, note.

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The police will also move a local court with a letter rogatory seeking permission to send Sunanda's viscera samples to a lab in the US or UK to determine the nature and quantity of poison which caused her death.
No response from US -Investigating magistrate Sophie Clement issued a formal request known as a letter rogatory to the US government in January 2012 for access to Guantanamo, relevant documents in the case and all persons who had contact with Sassi, Benchellali and ben Mustapha during their detention.
The order may be made pursuant to a letter rogatory issued, or request made, by a foreign or international tribunal or upon the application of any interested person and may direct that the testimony or statement be given, or the document or other thing be produced, before a person appointed by the court.
Upon this, the prosecutor wrote a letter rogatory to the Ankara prosecutor's office for the testimony of Hakan Fidan, who is close to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and was personally appointed by him as head of the MIT.
The CBI sent the letter rogatory to Mauritius and ED to Cyprus.
29) Finally, the letter rogatory must have been dispatched "from the court in which said suit is pending.
Though Illinois does not require a commission, dedimus potestatem, or letter rogatory to take a foreign deposition, if the jurisdiction in which the deponent is located requires one of those documents, SCR 205(c) permits the clerk of the court to issue one without notice.
Serbia does not have a mutual legal assistance arrangement with the United States, but information exchange via a letter rogatory is standard.
If an MLAT does not exist between the United States and the foreign nation involved, then one may seek a letter rogatory or possibly a subpoena.
245) The court, however, observed that the interests of the United States must be weighed in a decision regarding whether to give effect to a letter rogatory.
100) In 1854, the French government sent a letter rogatory to the United States Department of State seeking the deposition of a witness in New York State.
Vivendi Universal (Paris Bourse: EX FP; NYSE:V) confirms that a team of investigators from the Finance Brigade of the Paris public prosecutor's office is carrying out inquiries at the company's head office, following the receipt of a letter rogatory from Judges Pireyre, Cros and Pons.