In California courts today, process serving is a fact of life. After filing for divorce, a spouse has to be served. A landlord wants a tenant removed so, after filing an Unlawful Detainer, the tenant has to be served. If a person is injured and needs medical records they have to serve a subpoena on the doctor’s office or hospital.
There are specific Proof of Service forms for different types of cases, i.e., family law, domestic violence, civil litigation, name change, juvenile, workplace violence, elder abuse, government, subpoenas and general forms. The most important thing to know and understand is that a Proof of Service form is required in every case, at least once.
Once the opposing party is served, complete the appropriate Proof of Service form. File the original and at least one copy with the court clerk (if necessary). The clerk will keep the original and will return a file stamped copy to you. Keep the copy for your records as proof that the other party was properly served.
If you need to serve process in California, it is highly recommended that you hire a process server who is experienced with California Rules of Civil Procedure and the geography and law enforcement where your defendant lives or works. If you have any further questions about service of process or the various services we provide, call Cain's Support Services today!