Guidance

MLA guidelines for foreign authorities

These guidelines describe mutual legal assistance (MLA) that can be provided by the UK.

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MLA guidelines: Polish

MLA guidelines: Turkish

MLA guidelines: letter of request for evidence

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MLA guidelines: letter of request for search and seizure

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MLA guidelines: letter of request for restraint and confiscation

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MLA guidelines: letter of request for service of process

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MLA guidelines: EU-UK TCA freezing provisional measures request form

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MLA guidelines: EU-UK TCA confiscation request form

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The MLA guidelines are currently in the process of being updated.

You can also find forms for confiscation and freezing measures provided in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).

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Published 14 September 2012
Last updated 11 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated versions of 'EU-UK TCA freezing provisional measures request form' and 'EU-UK TCA confiscation request form' published.

  2. Updated "MLA guidelines: letter of request for EU freezing order certificates" to the "MLA guidelines: EU Freezing Request Form". Updated "MLA guidelines: letter of request for EU confiscation order certificates" to the "MLA guidelines: EU Confiscation Request Form".

  3. Updated guidance: requests for MLA in criminal matters: guidelines for foreign authorities

  4. Templates for letters of request for EU freezing orders and EU confiscation orders added.

  5. Requests for MLA in criminal matters: guidelines for foreign authorities, updated with 2014 version.

  6. First published.