Posts tagged with "Service of Process"

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROCESS SERVER LAWS AND REQUIREMENTS

By: Undisputed Legal/Process Service Department

The District of Columbia does not have any educational or registration requirements for private process servers. The Superior Court Rule of Civil Procedure (4)(c)(2) provides as follows: 

Service may be effected by any person who is not a party and who is at least 18 years of age. At the request of the plaintiff, however, the Court may direct that service be effected by a United States marshal, deputy United States marshal, or other person or officer specially appointed by the Court for that purpose. Such direction shall be made only (a) when service is to be effected on behalf of the United States or an officer or agency thereof, or (b) when the Court issues an order stating that service by a United States marshal or deputy United States marshal or a person specially appointed for that purpose is required in order that service be properly effected in that particular action. 

Delaware Process Server Laws & Requirements

By: Undisputed Legal/Process Service Department

The requirements for process servers in the state of Delaware vary by court. The Court of Chancery, the Court of Common Please, and the Justice of the Peace Courts all require registration for special process servers. 

Court – Requirement

Court of ChanceryAnnual registration requirement/No education requirement

Superior Court -No Requirements

Family CourtDelaware Family Court Civil Rule 4(c) requires that “[s]ervice of process shall be made by the sheriff to whom the writ is directed, by a sheriff’s deputy, by a deputy designated and sworn by the Chief Judge, or by some person specially appointed by the Court for that purpose. . . “

Court of Common PleasAnnual registration requirement. The court has developed a packet with guidance for applicants. There is no separate court order outlining the process.

Justice of the PeaceAnnual registration process. The court has developed a packet with guidance for applicants. There is no separate court order outlining the process. Process servers must complete an application and undergo a criminal justice background check.

PROCESS SERVER LAWS & REQUIREMENTS IN CONNECTICUT 

By: Undisputed Legal/Process Service Department

In Connecticut, state statutes as a general rule prescribe civil service of process to state marshals, constables, Process Servers or “other proper officer[s] authorized by statute.” Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-50(a). 

A State Marshal Commission is established by state statute. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 6-38b. State law mandates that the State Marshal Commission “establish professional standards, including training requirements and minimum fees for execution and service of process.” § 6-38b(f). State regulations detail the qualifications of state marshals, Conn. Agencies Regs. § 6-38b-1, the application process, § 6-38b-2, the examination they must take, § 6-38b-3, and, training that they must attend. § 6-38b-4. The regulations also contain “standards of conduct” for state marshals. § 6-38b-6. 

PROCESS SERVER LAWS IN CALIFORNIA

By: Undisputed Legal/Process Service Department

California does not require training, education or licensing for civil process servers.  The state, however, does require registration of individuals who serve more than 10 services of process within the state in one year for compensation. Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 22350. Process servers register with the county clerk of the county in which they reside or have their principal place of business. Process server organizations must also register. 

PROCESS SERVER LAWS ARKANSAS

By: Undisputed Legal/Process Service Department

An Arkansas Supreme Court Order governs the regulation of private process servers in Arkansas. The Order requires appointment of private process servers by the administrative judge of a judicial district or any judge of a circuit court designated by the administrative judge. Ar. Sup. Ct. Admin. Order 20. The Order also sets out minimum qualifications, see Order 20(b), including: 

(1) be not less than eighteen years old and a citizen of the United States;
(2) have a high school diploma or equivalent;
(3) not have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or a crime involving dishonesty or false statement, regardless of the punishment; 

Process Server Laws In Alabama

By: Undisputed Legal/Process Service Department

Alabama Rule of Civil Procedure 4(i)(1) governs delivery of service by a process server. The statute provides that process is served by a “sheriff or constable.” Ala. R. Civ. P. Rule 4(i)(1)(A). The statute further provides that “[a]s an alternative to delivery by a sheriff . . . process issuing from any court governed by these rules may be served by any person not less than eighteen (18) years of age, who is not a party.” Rule 4(i)(1)(B). 

SERVICE OF PROCESS IN NEW YORK

What is service of process? 

Service of process is the procedure by which a party to a lawsuit gives notice of initial legal action to another party, court or administrative body in a effort to exercise jurisdiction over that person so as to enable that person to respond to the proceeding before the court, body or other tribunal. 

In laymen terms: service of process is the delivery of documents to a individual, business/organization.  For notification purposes, allowing that individual, business/organization to respond.  The term service of process is also called process service and/or serving process either term does not change the definition.

There are many rules and laws that govern service of process depending on the jurisdiction/state in which service takes place.  Within New York more particularly the five boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island), service of process MUST be handled by licensed process servers.  In order to obtain a license within the five boroughs process servers must demonstrate the understanding of all the laws related to service of process by passing a competence exam related to New York Codes Rules and Regulation (NYCRR), Civil Practice Law & Rules (CPLR) and Federal Rules and Civil Procedure.

FILING FOR AN ORDER OF PROTECTION IN FAMILY COURT.

You must go to the Help Center (“Petition Room”) between 8:30-5:00 Mon.- Fri. After you tell the clerk at the front desk you are there, you will be given forms to fill out, including one to write down the incidents of violence. When your name is called, you will see a clerk who will write the petition based on the information you gave on the form.

There are no filing fees in Family Court.

What Should I Put on My Petition for an order of protection?

Write down as many details as possible. In order to obtain an order of protection you must state that a “family offense” occurred. Many actions are family offenses, such as when a person verbally, physically, emotionally, or sexually abuses you, or threatens to hurt you. Describe when each incident occurred, where it occurred, what happened, whether you were injured (bruises, cuts), and whether weapons were used. It is best to include the most recent incident, the first incident and the worst incident. If there was verbal abuse, tell the clerk the exact words the respondent used. Tell the clerk if there is criminal court involvement and if there were earlier orders of protection. Before you sign the petition, read it carefully and tell the petition clerk if anything important has been left out. Make sure the petition is accurate and fully states what you want to tell the Judge.

Process Server Solutions

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