Process Server

Definition - What does Process Server mean?

A process server refers to a person whose job it is to serve a person or entity with specific legal documentation stating that they have been formally sued and need to either appear in court or file a proper answer within a specified amount of time. These documents include summonses, writs, court orders or any other legal documents.

A process server does no more than hand over this legal documentation once they have affirmed that the person they are serving is of legal age to receive it in the jurisdiction or that they are serving the named person.

Justipedia explains Process Server

In the United States, it has become popular to use process servers to serve a person with a lawsuit. For a person to be officially sued, service of process must be given to them. Over time, plaintiffs have had trouble personally serving the people or entities that they wished to sue because the people or entities would purposely avoid them at all costs. The job of the process server was created to help plaintiffs overcome these difficulties.

Each state establishes guidelines and rules for becoming a certified process server. Certification may include training, education and application fees. Typically, process servers are educated in the legal aspects of serving lawsuits and best practices for getting defendants to accept the service of process.

An example of a task that a process server may complete is to deliver a restraining order to a person whom the court has issued one for. After the servicer delivers this order, the receiving party cannot deny having received it. When the receiving party gets the legal document from the servicer, they are said to have received official notice of the legal action.

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