Why would you need a private detective agency just to serve court papers? In
That is by no means as simple as you might think! That’s why your solicitor or the court, is likely to call in someone like EJM Investigations to carry out the task. In England, Part 6 of the Rules of Procedure covers process serving and that runs to ten sub-paragraphs. Yes, you did read that correctly, 10! Without going into too much detail let’s have a look at some of the more basic rules, starting with the accepted methods by which process can be served.
The ideal method is personal service
First class post is accepted as good service unless specified otherwise by the court, or any service which delivers on the next business day. Process may be left at the office of a defendant’s solicitor or may be transmitted to the defendant or their appointed solicitor by fax or other electronic means. Any method authorised by the court constitutes good service.
In most cases it will be the court which serves the process papers and it will be the court that engages the process servers. This may be carried out by the court bailiffs; otherwise the task will often be delegated to a private detective agency.
That’s a very brief look at some of the rules concerning process serving in England. They may not be quite the same in Scotland where much of the law differs from English law. Process servers need to be familiar with all the others too.