The United States Constitution guarantees that all parties involved in a lawsuit be fully notified in time to defend themselves in court. But have you ever wondered how this notification takes place? If you have never heard of process servers for attorneys, read on to learn about their important role in our legal system.
What Does Notification Entail?
Anyone named as a defendant in a lawsuit must be notified directly. This means that they must be handed a notice personally, or a notice may be left with someone that lives or works with them.
What is This Notification Called?
This notification is called a service of process.
Who Can Notify a Defendant?
Any adult over the age of 18 that is not involved in the lawsuit can serve process, although it is unusual to simply hand a notice to an unrelated person to deliver.
Who Commonly Serves the Process?
Plaintiffs often hire a professional process server to deliver the notification. Process servers work directly with attorneys to serve opposing parties by hand-delivering legal documents to the defendant on behalf of the plaintiff.
What Determines Whether the Process Has Been Appropriately Served?
The process server’s job is complete once the document has been delivered, even if the defendant has refused to accept it.
Process servers serve an important role in our legal system, ensuring that every defendant has the opportunity to defend themselves in a court of law.