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"Service" means giving legally required notice to other parties that you have filed papers that may result in a court order that may affect them. The court papers can ONLY be delivered in a manner permitted by law, and proof of proper delivery must be filed with the court.

You may use the forms and instructions below if...
  • You understand that your case cannot proceed until you have provided proof to the court that notice has been given in a manner permitted by law
  • You understand that the law does NOT permit you (or a friend or relative) to hand-deliver the papers to the other party unless he or she (and no one else) will sign an "Acceptance of Service" form in front of a Notary or Clerk of the Superior Court, and return the form for you to file with the Court.

The documents below are general information and/or court forms and instructions about serving court papers. If you choose to download an individual form, make sure you get the instructions that goes with it.

Order Title File English Spanish
1 How to serve notice as required by law gn21h PDF PDF
2 How to serve the other party by acceptance of service gn22p PDF PDF
3 How to serve the other party by registered process server gn23p PDF PDF
4 How to serve the other party by sheriff gn26p PDF PDF
5 How to serve the other party by publication gn25p PDF PDF
Order Title File English Spanish
1 Acceptance of Service Form gn22f PDF PDF
2 Affidavit of Service by Certified Mail gn24f PDF PDF
3 Affidavit Supporting Publication gn25f PDF PDF
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