Electronic services

Application for a summons in an undisputed debt collection case

Citizens and companies may file an application for a summons concerning an undisputed debt to the district court online by using the electronic services of the judicial administration. The e-services may be used in cases where the claim concerns one or several debtors who have not paid their debts but who do not deny the existence of the debt. Typical cases concern unpaid rents and telephone and electricity bills.

An application for a summons that has been filed via the e-services becomes pending immediately after it has been sent. The applicant may follow the processing of the application in the service. An email notification will be sent to the applicant once a judgment has been passed, and the judgment is made available in electronic form. A certified copy of the judgment in paper form is issued to a creditor having filed the application for a summons in the e-services only upon separate request of the creditor.

The trial charge for an application for a summons submitted to the district court electronically is lower than the charge for a paper application.

The electronic services are intended for the use of private persons and companies, especially smaller collection agencies.

E-services of administrative and special courts

The e-services of administrative and special courts provide a secure way to communicate with administrative and special courts. Private persons, companies and corporations may use the e-services to submit appeals, applications and reports to a court of their choice, to respond to requests for appearance sent to them by courts, and to present questions. In turn, courts may send decisions, requests for appearance and other documents via the e-services.

Application for enforcement

When the creditor has received a notification that a judgment establishing a payment liability has been passed, the creditor may directly go over from the e-services of the district court to the e-services of the enforcement authorities and file an application for enforcement. A judgment in paper form need no longer be submitted to the enforcement authorities, because they retrieve the judgments directly from the register of court decisions.

Via the e-services of the enforcement authorities, companies and corporations may also apply for the enforcement of receivables under public law that are enforceable without a judgment or a court order.

Applications directly to the information system of the district court and

Companies and corporations (debt collection agencies, the state, municipalities and other public bodies) that file plenty of applications for a summons may submit their applications directly to the information system of the district court and the enforcement authorities. Further information on the submission of an electronic application can be found on the web pages of the district courts and the enforcement authorities.

Calculator for the attachment of wages or other benefits

The calculator is intended for employers to whom the enforcement authority has sent a withholding notice concerning an employee (a debtor). The calculator can be used to calculate the amount of the employee's wages that must be withheld and remitted to the enforcement authorities.

Certificate from the enforcement register

A certificate from the enforcement register concerning a specified person can be ordered via the e-services.

Enforcement-related matters of a debtor

A printout concerning a specified debtor's enforcement matters, payments and measures taken against him or her during the past four years can be ordered via the e-services.

Application for legal aid

Legal aid can be applied for by filling in an electronic form in the e-services. Information on the matter for which legal aid is being sought and details on the income and assets of the applicant shall be given in the form. The legal aid decision is sent to the applicant as an e-letter.

Legal aid calculator

Clients may use the legal aid calculator to make a preliminary assessment of their possibilities to receive legal aid for free or against a deductible. The calculator can be used without logging in to the system.

E-services for attorneys

An attorney or a defence counsel may use the e-services to submit an electronic legal aid application on behalf of his or her client to the legal aid office or an electronic application for the appointment of a defence counsel to the court.

Claims for fees and compensations to be paid from state funds shall also be submitted to the court via the e-services.

Further information on the e-services for attorneys can be found on the web page for legal aid.

Register of licensed attorneys

The register of licensed attorneys is a public register maintained by the Licensed Attorneys Board. Advocates and public legal aid attorneys do not need a licence to act as an attorney, so their personal information is not included in the register.

Published 14.6.2018