What is Service of Process?
Service of process is the act of officially delivering court-related documents, known as process, to relevant parties. Defendants are typically served with a summons and complaint, while witnesses and experts will receive a subpoena.
What is a Process Server?
A process server is an expert trained to deliver legal processes to its intended recipient. In Florida, private process servers must be certified by the court system for their work to be valid. Process servers typically receive assignments from legal firms and plaintiffs. They then deliver the assigned process and attest under penalty of perjury that it was delivered to the correct person. Continue reading
When you think of a process server, you probably visualize someone sneaking around in a disguise trying to catch an unsuspecting target unawares, then proclaiming “You’ve been served!” as they hurl a pile of documents their way. While movies may portray process servers like this, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
What do process servers do?
Process servers are an integral part of the U.S. legal system. Without process servers, the flow of court cases would come to a standstill as people constantly failed to appear, most likely due to not knowing they needed to be there. Continue reading
Hiring a certified process server to serve process on most civil court matters is required by Florida state law. Not using a credible process server can have serious consequences for your legal matters. When searching for a process server to hire, always be sure to check on the following items to avoid any problems down the road:
All process servers in Sarasota, DeSoto, and Manatee counties must be certified by Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit. To be certified, process servers must: Continue reading
The State of Florida has strict laws related to process servers, and counties or judicial circuits are even legally permitted to impose even stricter laws, at their discretion. The process of following all local and state laws is extremely important as any deviation could pose devastating results for a client’s case.
By not adhering to the laws, process servers in Sarasota County, which is part of Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit, it can easily damage your client’s reputation, add extra expenses to the case, waste court resources, and ultimately lead to an end of your relationship with the client. This will undoubtedly affect your revenue and tarnish your own reputation, resulting in future clients passing you by.
At Accurate Serve®, we require that all of our servers closely follow all laws at all times. We have a zero-tolerance policy for any server who uses unethical or dishonest tactics to do their jobs, and we strongly discourage these practices across the entire industry.
There are two main areas where process servers must maintain legal compliance to retain the legal right to practice in the field. Continue reading
Process servers play an essential role in the American legal system. They have an even more vital role here in Florida since process served here may only be served by either law enforcement or a certified private process server. With law enforcement already overstretched, it makes more sense to hire a private process server to handle your firm’s cases.
Process servers deliver court documents
Process servers deliver court case-related paperwork to its intended recipient, which is usually a defendant, witness, or other party involved in the case. This court paperwork is collectively called process. Process servers serve this process by finding the intended recipient and handing them the paperwork, typically in-person. If the process server cannot locate the intended recipient to deliver the papers by hand, a judge may allow the process server to deliver the paperwork via mail, in-person to another responsible party, or by publishing it in the local newspaper. Once the process server has satisfied all requirements for service, the recipient is considered to be served and the case will be heard by a judge on the date noted in the process. Continue reading
When you’re facing a divorce, you are likely thinking heavily about finances. Hiring an attorney to handle everything is quite expensive, and you may be considering ways to save money along the way. However, attempting to serve the process in your divorce case yourself is a big mistake.
Against state laws
Here in Florida, only law enforcement or approved private process servers are allowed to serve process in court cases, including divorce cases. In some counties, private process servers must be approved by the local sheriff’s office. In other counties, judicial circuit judges approve private process servers. Regardless of how they are approved, private process servers must pass a minimum standard to serve process in Florida, as set forth by state legislation. Continue reading