The Role of a Process Server

The role of a process server consists of delivering ‘due process’ on behalf of the courts, legal firms, or any person engaged in a legal case. When someone is about to be involved in a legal process or court case, the law states that the person must be made aware of the proceedings and that proof the notice has been delivered is provided. In most cases, these tasks are undertaken by a process server. 

A process servers role involves delivering court orders or legal papers to the person(s) being “served”. Papers served illegally can be grounds for a judge to throw out a case.

Therefore, it is essential the papers are served professionally, efficiently and on time. 

A private process server is assigned with a great deal of responsibility in a position that often takes time, perseverance and hard work. The role is best suited to someone who can use their own initiative, make good judgements, and be flexible around working hours. 

An experienced legal process server will know that there are several types of documents to understand; procedures according to jurisdiction, types of proceedings, types of respondent, different courts, precedents and time scales. To best understand these, it’s recommended that the correct training is acquired. There are many courses that provide in-depth training on all the elements of process serving.

When working as a process server, you must make sure you have all the required insurance, such as personal indemnity and public liability. The role can be unpredictable and you can never fully anticipate how someone could react when being served with legal papers.

Whilst this isn’t compulsory, registering with a professional association will assist in increasing your credibility, reputation, and help maintain a professional image. It will also encourage you to keep up to date with the latest news and current developments. The main investigative associations include:

Association of British Investigators.


World Association of Professional Investigators

Institute of Professional Investigators

Howard Agency is a professional private investigation agency who are always keen to work with professional process servers. If you’re looking to work with a reputable, well established agency, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch via email or phone today.