In Broward County, home of the beautiful city of Plantation, process servers must be approved by the Broward County Sheriff to deliver court case documents, collectively known as process, to named parties. Once approved, they are known as special process servers. The sheriff’s office maintains a current list of approved, special process servers.
Making the choice between using the sheriff’s department or a private process server becomes quite easy: in Broward County, deputy sheriffs deliver criminal process, and special process servers deliver civil process. It’s that easy! Continue reading
You may have heard that process servers have a dangerous job. This can be true, especially in high-risk cases where a target has a history of violence. However, seasoned process servers know the best methods to get them in and out of a risky situation quickly and safely. Try using these tips from veteran servers who have faced the most difficult cases to stay safe while serving process:
Don’t be caught unprepared
Preparation is key for the serving process. You must collect as much information as possible about not only your target, but also their location and its surrounding area. Luckily, the internet will be your best friend when it comes to gathering all of the required information for a case! Before attempting service, be sure to collect the following information about a target at a minimum: Continue reading
You have the right to due process in the United States if you are involved in a court proceeding. Due process ensures you will be treated fairly by the legal system. Another part of that due process is to be notified about any upcoming hearings or court dates with enough time for the defendant to prepare a defense. Process servers make sure all parties relevant to a case are notified of the request for their appearance in court with ample time to prepare.
Documents that a process server delivers for a court case are collectively known as process. The process can include a variety of documents from different court proceedings. The most common types of process served by process servers include complaints, summons, subpoenas, and writs. Continue reading
Social media has grown from wellness bloggers and sharing family photos to a communication behemoth responsible for keeping the world connected. Social media’s ability to inform the masses is impressive but sometimes scary. A common question asked is whether or not social media is an appropriate channel to handle legal matters. The answer is both yes and no. Social media has long been used by process servers to gather information about a target or even contact them to set up a meeting. However, officials do frown upon sending the actual service documents via social media platforms because of privacy, security, and reliability issues. Continue reading
Process servers have a vital role in the legal system. By proving that defendants and witnesses are legally served, process servers prevent the system from becoming jammed up by evasive parties. You might be asking, why not just let the sheriff’s office serve all your process? Well, attorneys tend to choose private process servers over the sheriff’s office to serve litigants and witnesses for many reasons, including:
The main reason for choosing a process server here in Florida is because it’s the law. Process service laws say you must use either the Sheriff’s department or a private process server to serve process in all legal cases, whether criminal or civil. This means if you try to just deliver the paperwork yourself but the defendant doesn’t show up in court, the defendant can claim they knew nothing and ask for the entire case to be dismissed. Hypothetically, because you didn’t follow the laws on process service, you have no legal recourse. Using a trained process server ensures that your case is not dismissed and your case reaches court. Continue reading