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3 Common Mistakes That Process Servers Must Avoid

by Leroy Duncan

It is challenging for courts to hold crime perpetrators accountable without appearing in court. As such, lawyers must serve respondents in good time to prevent delays in legal processes. Notably, process servers must be efficient in their deliveries. However, it is only possible if process servers avoid some common mistakes. This article highlights some of the blunders and how to avoid them. Keep reading.

Failure to Describe a Document

Respondents who avoid being served with legal documents can get violent when approached by process servers. Therefore, some process servers prefer to drop legal papers without explaining their nature. However, a respondent can use the approach to their advantage and fail to show up in court by arguing that they knew nothing regarding the document's nature or urgency. Therefore, always inform a respondent regarding the nature of legal papers. Alternatively, you can leave the documents close to a respondent if they become violent. People in the vicinity will act as witnesses in case a respondent tries to dismiss your efforts to serve them.

Waiting on 'Keeps House' Respondents  

Ensuring that a respondent receives legal documents in person is the number one objective for process servers. Therefore, you cannot leave the papers at their door or office table and expect them to appear in court. Most servers do not mind waiting to issue the documents to a respondent in person. However, doing so only wastes time, especially if you are dealing with someone that house-sits. They will use the strategy to avoid process servers and only leave their refuge once you are gone. The best approach is to leave the documents in a mailbox or at the door. However, you have to prove that your efforts to serve the respondent personally were futile. It means that you can only use the strategy if you cannot gain access to a respondent legally or practically. It is the last resort.

Not Serving Translated Versions 

Due process requires that a respondent understands a legal document's content. Unfortunately, some process servers do not go the extra mile to ensure that it happens, particularly when serving non-English speakers. However, it only makes the exercise complicated and unacceptable in a court of law. Therefore, you must provide translated versions of all legal documents when serving a non-English speaking respondent. It saves you from doing the same work twice, increasing your productivity, credibility, and client base.

To learn more, reach out to a local process server.