Service is the delivery of court papers to a plaintiff or a defendant. Court papers may be served by mail, but you must follow very specific rules. Court papers may be served by personal service – handing a copy of the paper to the other party – but not by you or a person related to you. Proof of Service, called Affidavit of Service or Certificate of Service, is a form you must file with the court explaining how court papers were delivered to the other party. A court will not act on your case unless you have served the court papers and filed proof that you followed Rules of Court.
Disclaimer: It is important to note that this list is not updated on a regular basis. If you do not see a court that you are looking for, or you are unable to get in touch with any of the courts listed here, you may consider calling an authority in your state to confirm the proper phone number and address.