When initiating a lawsuit or preparing a criminal defense case, you’ll eventually have court documents that require service to the parties named on the documents. It may seem like a simple task to hand court papers over to the appropriate person, but as you may likely discover, a lot of people have absolutely no desire to be summoned to court. Who can serve court papers? Can a private investigator serve court papers for you?
Can a Private Investigator Serve Court Papers?
In California, anyone who is age 18 years or older and is not involved in the case being litigated can serve legal papers. Any private person who conducts more than 10 services of process per year must register with the state and post $2,000 cash surety bond. Basically anyone can register to be a process server in California.
On the other hand, licensed California private investigators are exempt from these requirements of registered process servers – California Business and Professions Code 22350(b)(4).
A process server can be good option in specific situations. For instance, if a person is willing to be served or if they’re very easy to find, a process server is an economical option.
On the other hand, a licensed private investigator can help track down difficult people and can conduct surveillance to ensure the right person is served. Unlike most process servers, private investigators have access to proprietary databases to help identify accurate contact information. And because California has such stringent laws to become a licensed private investigator, a PI will have the training and experience to more safely serve an otherwise difficult defendant or witness.
H7 Investigative Services conducts service of process in Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, and throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
If you want to know how our agency can help with your case, click through to our consultation request page or call us at (661)454-7513.