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Definition - What does Process mean?

Process refers to the formal practice where a person is served with documentation explaining that they must adhere to a request from a court. Process is most typically served on a person who is being sued. It can also be served on a person who has a warrant out for their arrest or who is required to testify in court.

Justipedia explains Process

When a person is formally sued, the way in which they become aware of their legal dispute is through being served with process. In many instances, the plaintiff of the suit can serve the defendant. However, it is typical for a plaintiff to hire a process server to aid them in making sure that process is correctly served upon a person. When process is served upon a defendant, it gives the defendant clear instructions as to what they must now do and the time frame in which they have to do it.

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