Enforcement Foreign Judgment in Portugal

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Excellent service, definitely recommended. Very good and reliable service!
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Rakesh Rathod
14 Jun 2024

Service Details

Enforcement Foreign Judgment

This service is available across Portugal

Who Can Benefit from this Service?

The enforcement of a foreign court judgment in Portugal is vital for individuals and entities who seek legal recognition and execution of a judgment issued outside Portugal. This service is crucial for:

  • Individuals with foreign divorce, adoption, or child custody judgments.
  • Companies needing enforcement of commercial judgments or arbitral awards.
  • Parties to international legal disputes seeking to enforce a foreign court's decision in Portugal.
Who Can Benefit from this Service?


  • The judgment must be issued by a competent foreign court as per international jurisdiction rules recognized in Portugal.
  • It should not conflict with any previous judgments in Portugal or contradict public order.
  • The parties involved must have been properly served and given a fair opportunity to present their case.
  • The judgment should be final and not subject to appeal in its country of origin.



Procedure: Our Approach

  • Initial Assessment: Analyze the foreign judgment for compliance with Portuguese legal standards.
  • Submission of Application: File an application for the revision and confirmation of the foreign judgment at the competent Tribunal da Relação (Court of Appeal).
  • Documentation: Submit necessary documents, including a certified copy of the foreign judgment, its Portuguese translation, and proof of finality.
  • Legal Representation: Engage a local attorney to represent the case in Portuguese courts.
Procedure: Our Approach

Benefits - Why Choose Our Service

  • Legal Recognition: Ensures foreign judgments are recognized and enforceable under Portuguese law.
  • Streamlined Process: For EU judgments, simplified procedures under EU regulations.
  • Expert Guidance: Professional handling by lawyers familiar with both international and Portuguese law.
  • Comprehensive Scope: Capable of handling a variety of judgments including civil, family, and commercial matters.
Benefits - Why Choose Our Service

Key Features of this Service

The enforcement process in Portugal involves the revision and confirmation of foreign judgments by a Portuguese court. Key aspects include:

  • Reviewing the foreign judgment to ensure it does not contradict the public order of Portugal and meets the criteria set by Portuguese law.
  • Ensuring the foreign judgment is final, with no pending appeals.
  • Verifying the foreign court had jurisdiction and the judgment was not obtained fraudulently.
Key Features of this Service

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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