Legalisation of Chinese Documents
Since the People's Republic of China is not a signatory to Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (1961), all Chinese documents for use in legal transactions in the Republic of Slovenia should be duly certified in accordance with Chinese legislation.
Legalization procedure is as follows:
- A local Notary Public Office shall certify a copy of original document and confirm the authenticity of the document;
- Client shall deliver certified copy of the document through the Provincial Department of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Affairs Office) which is usually located in the capital of the province to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PR China in Beijing;
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PR China shall legalise the stamp/seal and signature of the Notary Office on the document and forward the document to the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Beijing;
- The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Beijing shall legalize the signature and stamp/seal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PR China on the document;
- Document shall be returned to the client through the same channel.
In line with Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (1961), all documents issued in Hong Kong and Macau are legalized by Apostille stamp for use in the Slovenian legal transactions. For legalization with Apostille stamp in Hong Kong clients should refer to the High Court Registry. For legalization with Apostille stamp in Macau clients should refer to Direcção dos Serviços de Assuntos de Justiça.
Clients are generally obliged to provide an official translation of the document to Slovenian language by a sworn court interpreter in Slovenia for official proceedings in Slovenia.
The list of sworn court interpreters is available on the Website of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia.