Process servers are trained professionals who can get the right papers to the necessary person in a timely fashion in order to fulfill due diligence for an impending court case. Members of the National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS) are held to a high standard, are trained specialists, and have experience with adversarial situations.
Are there any times that you should have a local sheriff carry out this process instead? Yes, but it should only be on rare occasions. Here are a few situations that may call for the use of law enforcement:
- The person is already in federal prison and a process server cannot gain access (in this case, you need a US Marshall).
- There are no process servers in the area (this would only occur in very remote areas where there is no process server willing to go that far out).
- The process server assesses the situation and the risk of violence is too great. While your server will be experienced with adversarial situations, there may be rare occasions when an armed sheriff is the only person who can safely deliver the documents.
Keep in mind that a local sheriff won’t have the same standards as a professional. He or she will do the job on their own time frame and may be delayed if there are more pressing matters. So when time is of the essence, you always want to try and hire a process server first.
Experienced National Process Servers
Precedent Legal Services is based out of San Diego, California, but we are NAPPS members and provide process servers across the country for the convenience of our clients. Give us a call today at 619-550-1589 or request a quote online to learn more about the legal services we offer to law firms like yours.