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Judicial matters fall within the competence of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights. As regards judicial matters, the role of our Greek Missions Abroad and the Foreign Ministry’s E3 Directorate are clearly administrative procedural. Ε3 Directorate competent office’s contact numbers: 210 360 2631, 210 368 2370 and 210-368 2355 .
Arrests, Preliminary Hearings, Detentions, Incarcerations of Greeks abroad
In the above cases, the Foreign Ministry’s E3 Directorate monitors developments and is in constant contact with the Mission Abroad responsible for the region in which a Greek citizen has been arrested or detained. The given Mission Abroad will take any actions concerning, for example, visits to detainees and provision of a list of local lawyers.
In the case of a death abroad of a Greek citizen or citizen of Greek origin, relatives of the deceased in Greece can apply to the Foreign Ministry’s E3 Directorate to look into whether there is a will at the relevant Greek Consular Authority and, if a will exists, request that it be published.
Delivery of Legal Documents
Civil and penal legal documents can be conveyed for delivery to and from the competent Greek Judicial Authorities via the Foreign Ministry’s E3 Directorate, as well as to and from involved Greek parties by Greece’s Consular Authorities.
It is to be noted that despite the fact that the Authorities Abroad try to deliver legal documents, Greeks abroad are not obliged to take receipt of the legal documents in question, and, as such, the delivery procedure is not always effective.
Moreover, foreign legal documents are also conveyed for delivery via Missions abroad and, subsequently, the Foreign Ministry’s E3 Directorate.