Through the delivery of summons, subpoenas, writs, complaints, etc., a process server performs a vital support role in the legal and court system. In order to fulfill this role a process server must have a variety of skills. These skills include, but are not limited to, comfort with technology, the ability to research well, and familiarity with legal practices and processes.
Comfort with technology is a real boon to the process server.
Google maps and address databases are essential when locating a subject. Individuals that are more difficult to locate may be found through their online presence, such as their social media activity.
Using GPS to verify location through a mobile app is an important tool that process servers may use to record delivery attempts.
Technology may also, and often is, used to organize client records and subject information.
There is a lot more to being a process server than just delivering documents. The ability to find subjects can require a lot of sleuthing. A process server will use the internet, databases, known associate interviews, social media, and a lot more to locate the people needing to receive documents. Location may need to be found with limited available information which requires the process server to think creatively.
Process servers also spend a lot less time in the office than is commonly thought. While research in the office plays an integral role, time spent on the road can be extensive. Delivering documents is only one reason that a process server may travel. They may be visiting multiple associates for interviews, hitting dead ends, and modifying plans after several attempts in order to successfully serve documents.
Lastly, a process server must be familiar with the rules and regulations in their state. The rules and regulations for a process server in New Jersey may differ from the rules and regulations in any other state. Since a process server may need to cross state lines in order to deliver documents a familiarity with other states’ laws is also necessary.
Process servers are individuals that are committed to getting the job done well and working hard to achieve that goal.