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Avoiding Gutter Serves: Choosing Your Process Server Wisely

When you have a court case on your plate, you need to know that everything is going to go as smoothly as possible. You want to make sure that your papers are served quickly and accurately so your case is not held up in court for lack of service. Some private process servers engage in gutter serves, which can delay your case or even cause it to be dismissed. Learn what gutter serves are and how to avoid them.

What is a Gutter Serve?

Gutter serves happen when a process server trashes the papers that they have to serve, but they record that they executed service. They are called gutter serves because the papers end up “in the gutter,” so to speak. Gutter serves are illegal, and private process servers who are caught doing gutter serves can be removed from the certified list of private process servers with the courts. Even though the courts attempt to ensure that process servers are trained and certified, there is no guarantee that gutter serves won’t happen.

Avoiding Gutter Serves

It is easy to avoid gutter serves by hiring an experienced and well respected private process server. A highly respected process server earns their reputation by serving papers quickly and accurately. When you know your private process server and hire them based on their success rate as well as their experience and training, you are greatly reducing your risk of gutter serves.

If you have papers that need to be served for your court case, contact us today for more information about how we can help. Our Florida process servers are experienced, trained, and supervised to ensure that gutter serves do not happen on our watch. Contact us today to get started.