Definition of letters rogatory in English:

letters rogatory

Pronunciation /ˌledərz ˈrōɡətôrē/ /ˌlɛdərz ˈroʊɡətɔri/

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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.

    ‘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’.