Process Serving with Able Investigations

Process serving is an important and often overlooked aspect of legal proceedings. Simply put, process serving is the delivery of legal documents to individuals involved in a legal dispute. This legal method is an important step in the legal process, as it ensures that all parties involved are aware of the legal action being taken against them and gives them the opportunity to respond accordingly.  

Who Are Process Servers?

Process serving can be done by anyone over the age of 18 who has no connection to the legal case. However, for the sake of accuracy and efficiency, it is often better to hire a professional process server. Process servers are individuals specifically trained to deliver legal documents and are familiar with the regulations and requirements of the legal process. These will vary depending on the type of documents, and the Civil procedures rules behind them. 

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The Process

In order for a process server to begin the process of serving legal documents, they must first obtain the documents from the Client. These documents usually include a summons and a complaint. The summons is a document that informs the defendant of the legal action being taken against them and the complaint is a legal document that outlines the plaintiff’s claim against the defendant.  

Once the process server has obtained the legal documents, they must then find and serve the individuals named in the complaint. This can be a challenging task, as the individuals may be difficult to locate or may try to evade service. Process servers use a variety of techniques and strategies to ensure effective service of process, that being said we must be mindful of both the Data Protection Act, and the Human Rights Act.  

The most common method of service is personal service, where the process server physically hands the documents to the named individual. This can be done at the individual’s home or place of work. Personal service ensures that the named individual is aware of the legal action being taken against them.  

Alternative Methods

If personal service is not possible, process servers can use alternative methods. One such method is substituted service, which involves serving the documents to a person in the named individual’s household or workplace who is of suitable age and discretion. Another method is service by publication, which involves publishing the notice in a local newspaper or other publication if the named individual cannot be located. In some cases, we have obtained service via Facebook or WhatsApp. 

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However, it is important to note that each case is different, and the method of service used will depend on the specific circumstances of the case. For example, if the individual being served is a high-profile figure or has a large security detail, the process server may need to use specialised techniques to ensure effective service of process.  

After the legal documents have been served on the subject, the process server must provide proof of service to the court. This is typically done by filling out an affidavit of service or proof of service form. This document details the date, time, and location of the service, as well as the identity of the person who was served. Providing proof of service is important to ensure that the legal proceedings can move forward.  

In Conclusion

In conclusion, process serving is a critical aspect of the legal process and ensures that all parties involved in a legal dispute are aware of the legal action being taken against them. it is essential to hire a professional process server, with the right experience & insurances and one who is familiar Civil Procedure Rules. Process servers should also gather evidence by way of Body Camera both for their protection and the protection of the subject being served. 

Why therefore take a chance with an important matter such as Process Serving.

To ensure that your Documents are delivered professionally, timely, and in line with CPR Rules, phone Able Investigations & Enforcements on 0345 366 0000, with over 38 years of experience both as former Police Officers, and as Investigators, and Certificated Enforcement officers.

Don’t leave it to chance. Call today. 

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