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Official UK Apostille Service - Court Documents


County Court Document
Court of Bankruptcy Document
Decree Absolute
Decree Nisi
Family Division of the High Court of Justice Document
Grant of Probate
High Court of Justice Document
Last Will and Testament
Sheriff Court Document

Any of the documents above must have been issued by one of the following:

  • County Court
  • Court of Bankruptcy
  • Family Division of the High Court of Justice
  • High Court of Justice
  • Sheriff Court

They can only be legalised if they have:

  • the original seal or ink stamp of the court
  • the signature of a court official
  • authentication from a solicitor or notary public

Please note that there could be a delay in the legalisation process if the document is signed by a court official. This is because the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) may not have a specimen of the signature of that particular official in their database. In this case, the FCO will contact the court to ask for confirmation of the signature. The FCO will only issue the apostille once the signature is confirmed, so the delay will depend on how long the court takes to reply to the FCO.

If you want guarantee that your document will be legalised without delays, we can provide solicitor or notary public authentication of the document. We work with solicitors and notaries whose signature specimen are definitely in the database.


Important Note - Requirements for authentication by solicitor/notary public

Photocopies of these documents can be legalised, as long as they are certified as a 'true copy' by a solicitor or notary public.

The solicitor or notary public must:

  • state what they are certifying (true copy, original document, witness signature etc)
  • use their own personal signature, not the company name
  • date the certification
  • state their company address

In addition, when a document is authenticated by a notary public from England, Northern Ireland or Wales, the notary public must affix their notarial seal and apply their embossed seal.

Please note that some authorities abroad will not accept copies of certain documents, even though they can be legalised here. If you want to make sure a copy will be accepted, contact the foreign authority concerned.

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Amanara Certified Translation and Legalisation Service is the trading name of Amanara (UK) Limited. Company Registered in England No 5065791 - VAT GB 835 9279 84
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None of the information contained in this website constitutes, nor should be construed as, legal advice. 2004 - Amanara (UK) Limited

Amanara Certified Translation and Legalisation Service is the trading name of Amanara (UK) Limited. Company Registered in England No 5065791 - VAT GB 835 9279 84
Registered Office: Gloucester House, 399 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK9 2AH

None of the information contained in this website constitutes, nor should be construed as, legal advice. 2004 - Amanara (UK) Limited