Definition of letters rogatory in English:

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letters rogatory

Pronunciation: /ˈrōɡəˌtôrē/ /ˈräɡə-/

plural noun

Documents making a request through a foreign court for the obtaining of information or evidence from a specified person within the jurisdiction of that court.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Organizing for a referendum to revoke the law on letters rogatory has already begun.


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

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