What is a Process Server?

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A Process Server is a well-known person who works within the Legal industry, but people outside the industry don’t tend to know what exactly they do. So here are a few answers to questions that might be on your mind.

What is a Process Server?
A Process Server is someone who serves ‘due process’ on behalf of solicitors, the County Courts and members of the public. They serve documents such as Court Orders on Respondents and then make sure that they understand they are being served with legal paperwork and they may have to return an Acknowledgment of Service Form back to the Court, or when they are required to attend Court. The Process Server will then provide a Statement or an Affidavit as proof of service on the Respondent which will then be filed with the appropriate Court.

Process Servers are a vital and much needed service in the Court process, as many cases would not be able to proceed if the people required to attend, do not know about it.

What types of papers will a Process Server serve?

Process Servers will serve virtually any type of legal document. The documents that are most commonly served are:
  • Statutory Demands
  • Divorce Petitions
  • Court Orders
  • Family Law Order
  • Non-Molestation Orders
  • Prohibited Steps Orders
  • Working Orders
  • N39 Summons to Attend Court
  • Witness Summons
  • International Court Orders and Documents

When will I need a Process Server?
You will need a Process Server if the Court has asked that you to make a Respondent aware of a legal proceeding, which often includes when they need to attend Court. This could be when you have applied for a Divorce Petition or Non-Molestation Order but also for Children Law Orders, Statutory Demands and Summons to Attend Court.

How can I find a Process Server?
You can find a Process Server by looking on the Internet or in a business directory. Most Private Investigators will operate all across the whole of the UK as Process Servers; therefore you just need to find the right one for you!

How much will it cost me?
Most Process Servers will offer a fixed fee service so that you know up front how much the service will cost, but some will also charge by hour. The prices can vary from as little as £60, but most will charge over £90 as a fixed fee along with VAT being added too. It is best to find a few companies and research them to find out who will give you the best service. But make sure you use a professional company with a good reputation and will serve your papers right, the first time.

What is included in the cost?
Process Servers will often include at least two attendances to the same address, but some even go three times in the initial fee. They should include a Statement or Affidavit of Service within the cost and include it all being posted back to you in a professional and quick manner.

What will I have to do to instruct a Process Server?
Once you have found a Process Server that you want to instruct, then you can instruct them via the telephone or via email. Process Servers can also collect the paperwork from Court for you, for an additional fee, or you can send the papers in the post to them. Some Process Servers will even accept the documents via email, which can be good if you are pressed for time. A lot of Process Servers operate from PO Box addresses, but some do have physical office addresses that you are able to locate them at.

How long will it all take?
A good Process Server will be able to make their first attendance the same day and serve them immediately if possible. Once they have been served, the Statement or Affidavit will be written and should be posted back to you without delay.

Where can I get more information?
Calling a Process Server will enable you to ask more questions and find out about their charges and what’s included. Some will be happy to advise you and recommend Solicitors if necessary.


Kemp Investigations and Legal Services
08444 142 145

www.kempinvestigations.co.uk

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