Simply put, a process server is a person who hand delivers court case documents to the parties named in the case. Without some context, this definition may seem a little confusing. Why would you need some random person to deliver your case documents? Why can’t you just do it yourself? Is using a process server even required?
In Pensacola, it’s not a matter of choice; anyone filing a lawsuit must use either the sheriff’s office or a certified and approved private process server to deliver their case documents to everyone named in the case, including the defendant(s), witnesses, and other parties. Continue reading
In Florida, you must hire either a certified private process server or local law enforcement to serve process in your court cases.
Some types of criminal process, like arrest warrants, must be served by a sheriff’s deputy to be valid. This is for obvious safety reasons. However, using a private process server to deliver the types of process which they are permitted to serve is a smart move. Here, we will discuss the benefits of hiring a private process server as opposed to using the local sheriff. Continue reading
It’s no secret that process serving can be a dangerous job. People often do not want to be served and take their anger out of the process server. This is usually in the form of some yelling or harsh words, but sometimes, things can turn violent. In the most extreme cases, process servers have lost their lives while working.
Protect yourself while serving process by following these tips for the best safety practices:
Do your research
You need to know as much as possible about the person you will be serving and the area you will be visiting. Plan your visit ahead of time by checking out public records, social media, and any other information you can gather from your client and the internet. Continue reading
The main role of process servers is to make sure all parties relevant to a case are notified of the request for their appearance in court with ample time to prepare. For defendants, this means time to prepare a defense. For witnesses and other case parties, time to develop a cohesive testimony is crucial.
Process servers provide notification of upcoming hearings and other court dates by serving process, or court case documents, to all involved case parties. The process can include a variety of documents depending on the nature of the court case. The most common types of process served by process servers are complaints, summons, subpoenas, and writs. Continue reading
Social media has become the information pipeline that keeps our world connected. Whether you love it or hate it, social media is an ever-growing phenomenon that makes staying in touch and doing business across the globe possible for everyone. But, is using social media an appropriate way to deliver legal documents?
Well, the answer is probably not. Social media has been used since its creation by process servers to investigate targets, make contact, and even set up in-person meetings. With the current uptick in interest in encrypted social media messaging, serving process via these channels may not be too far in the future. But for now, sending the actual process documents via social media messaging is not acceptable in almost all situations, mainly due to privacy issues, security flaws, and reliability concerns. Continue reading