Area of Law: Services for Lawyers and Paralegals
Answer Number: 929
Process serversRegion: Ontario Answer Number: 929
A process server personally delivers or “serves” legal notices and court documents to individual parties, or their legal representatives, in a legal action. “Service of process,” as it is known, is a formal step required by courts and other tribunals to ensure parties to a proceeding are aware of the court’s or tribunal’s jurisdiction over the matter, the claims or statements made by opposing parties and any deadlines for responding.
Since some individuals may not want to accept service, process servers should have training in conflict avoidance techniques. Process servers also must have knowledge of any specific legal requirements as to how a document is served and the proof needed to establish the service of process was achieved.
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