Measure Implementation

Is this measure possible in your Member State under International Judicial Cooperation?

Yes, but Member States must make requests for criminal records via their own central authority for the exchange of criminal records. The criminal record information provided through ECRIS is transmitted through a standardised format which facilitates automatic translation and recognition of criminal offences. If a central authority (Home Office or Crown Office) receives a request for criminal records from a Member State the request will be redirected to the UK’s central authority for the exchange of criminal records (ACRO).

Legal Framework

International legal framework applicable for this measure in your Member State

European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters 1959

Competent Authority

* receive the request/decision for judicial cooperation

* receive the request/decision for judicial cooperation ACRO Criminal Records Office (ACRO) ACRO PO Box 481 Fareham Hampshire PO14 9FS United Kingdom * execute/recognise the measure (if other than the receiving authority) ACRO (as above)

Accepted languages

Accepted languages for the request/decision

All requests should be in English. If an English translation is not provided, is incomplete, or is not carried out to a high professional standard, the request will be sent back to the requesting authority.

Execution deadline

Deadlines for the execution of the request/decision (where applicable)


Concise legal practical information

Special requirements

a. Special requirements N/A b. Other useful information The link below gives information for competent authorities abroad about obtaining evidence within the UK (or abroad) to assist in criminal investigations or proceedings:

Last reviewed on 29 July 2022 by EJN Secretariat


  • Information and documents (A.20 - A.24)
  • A.24 Service of procedural documents (excl. summons)

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