FAQ

FAQ

faqWhat is a Summons?

What is a Subpoena?

What is an Affidavit of Service?

Where did Process Service come from?

What is Process Serving?  What does a Process Server do?

Who can serve Process?

 

What is a Summons?

A Summons is a document issued by a Court which informs that an action is being taken that they by law need to be informed about.

What is a Subpoena?

A Subpoena is a court order requiring one to appear, produce documents and/or testify.

What is an Affidavit of Service?

An Affidavit Of Service is a document filled out by the process server that acknowledges the date and time that a paper was served and by whom.  This document is notarized and filed with the court.

Where did Process Service come from?

Process serving was set forth in the United States Of America by the Due Process Clause in the Constitution.  Specifically the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a  presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or  in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just  compensation.”

 

What is Process Serving?  What does a Process Server do?

The Constitution sets forth the reason for process serving, it is to notify someone of a legal action being taken.  Most of the time the process is Summons and Subpoenas.  These Summons and Subpoenas are usually  for records, depositions, to appear in court, notice of a lawsuit and many other reasons.  Process Servers in today’s day and age deliver these documents to the correct people.  Upon serving the papers the process server fills out an affidavit of service for the court, which must be notarized and filed with the court.

Who can serve process in Missouri?

To server process in the City of St. Louis, 22nd Judicial District, you are required that all persons who want to become process servers must take and pass a Sheriff training course administered by the Sheriff of the City of St. Louis. Applicants must be 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED and no criminal record. All process servers are required to have E & O coverage with limits of at least $100,000.

There are no other restrictions other than those in the State of Missouri.