service of process
n.
The formal delivery to a defendant of the complaint, summons, or other legal document to notify him or her that a lawsuit has been brought.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


service of process
The delivery of copies of legal documents such as summons, complaint, subpena, order to show cause (order to appear and argue against a proposed order), writs, notice to quit the premises, and certain other documents, usually by personal delivery to the defendant or other person to whom the documents are directed. In certain cases of absent or unknown defendants, the court will allow service by publication in a newspaper. Once all parties have filed a complaint, answer, or any pleading in a lawsuit, further documents usually can be served by mail or even fax. (See also: personal service, substituted service)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


service of process
n. A communication of the court papers or process to the defendant in a timely manner, so that the defendant has the opportunity to prepare a defense and to appear and state his/her case.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


service of process
Delivery of a writ, summons, or other legal papers to the person required to respond to them.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


service of process
I
Delivery of a writ, summons, or other legal papers to the person required to respond to them.
II The delivering of writs, summonses, and subpoenas by delivering them to the party named in the document. Also referred to as "service."

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

service of process
n.
   the delivery of copies of legal documents such as summons, complaint, subpena, order to show cause (order to appear and argue against a proposed order), writs, notice to quit the premises and certain other documents, usually by personal delivery to the defendant or other person to whom the documents are directed. So-called "substituted service" can be accomplished by leaving the documents with an adult resident of a home, with an employee with management duties at a business office or with a designated "agent for acceptance of service" (often with name and address filed with the state's Secretary of State), or, in some cases, by posting in a prominent place followed by mailing copies by certified mail to the opposing party. In certain cases of absent or unknown defendants, the court will allow service by publication in a newspaper. Once all parties have filed a complaint, answer or any pleading in a lawsuit, further documents usually can be served by mail or even FAX.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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