Process has been defined as the means of compelling a defendant in an
action to appear in court, or a means whereby a court compels
compliance with its demands. Simply, process is an order of the court
directing that an action be done
Constitutionally, the sheriff of each county is responsible for carrying out
the service of civil process within each county of jurisdiction. Personnel
assigned as process servers execute and return to the courts the civil process
which is directed to the sheriff for service.
If you need further information in regards to Civil Process, or you have a question
or comment about service, please contact our Civil Process office at the number
Official service of a summons and a copy of your complaint or petition is necessary
to start a legal action by giving the other side formal notice there is a lawsuit filed
against them. Otherwise, your case cannot proceed through the court system.
After serving the other parties in your civil case, the process server files a
return of service with the court so that the judge will know this has been done
according to the law.
Civil process servers also serve subpoenas (orders to appear in court or produce
documents) and other legal notices and may be called upon to testify in court
if there is a question about proper service.
Civil Process Fees