Definition of letters rogatory in English:

letters rogatory

plural noun

  • Documents making a request through a foreign court to obtain information or evidence from a specified person within the jurisdiction of that court.

    • ‘Organizing for a referendum to revoke the law on letters rogatory has already begun.’
    • ‘These guiding principles of mutual deference and respect have set the tone for the contemporary approach to honouring requests by letters rogatory of foreign courts.’
    • ‘Where the US courts have used established international procedures for obtaining evidence, such as letters rogatory, English courts have been more responsive.’


Mid 19th century: rogatory from medieval Latin rogatorius ‘interrogatory’.


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