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
You’ve done your research, gathered all the information you need and have finally filed your case with the local Clerk of Court. Now, it’s time to notify everyone with an interest in the case, including defendants, witnesses, and other experts you intend to call to the stand. These notifications are known as serving process. In Florida, you must use the sheriff’s office or a process server certified by the appropriate judicial circuit to serve process. All of our process servers at Accurate Serve in Pensacola are certified by Florida’s 1st Judicial Circuit, meaning we can legally serve process in Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties. Some of our servers can also serve process in other counties and states, which means we can handle your case no matter where the interested parties live or work. A few of the advantages of using one of our certified private process servers include: Continue reading
You want the process server you use for your cases to follow all the rules here in Florida. You do not want to give the defendant any reason to claim improper service, which could cause delays, extra expenses, and possibly even a dismissal. Keep an eye out for these telltale signs of a fake process server:
The state of Florida requires that all process servers be certified and approved by the judicial circuit in which they plan to work. Pensacola and Escambia county area in Florida’s 1st Judicial Circuit, along with Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties. Anyone attempting to serve process in these counties that are not listed on the 1st Judicial District approved process server list is acting fraudulently. Continue reading
Process servers have the difficult job of locating people to deliver what can be bad news. It’s not unusual for a defendant to try to evade service of process to delay the court proceedings. Since courts do prefer in-person service, a defendant’s evasion makes a process server’s job much harder. However, process servers have a few tricks to hunt down even the most elusive people.
Gather as much information as possible before attempting service.
If you complete this step correctly, you might not have to move on to any of the other steps. There is a ton of information you can find out about a person without ever leaving your desk. Some of the basic information you should gather before heading out is: Continue reading