While each county and jurisdiction has their own specific requirements for process servers, most of Florida is fairly consistent. Some of the rules about serving papers come directly from the Rules of Civil Procedure from the state of Florida, but some details such as amount of bonds or application fees can vary from court to court. The following steps will allow you to become a process server in Orlando First Judicial Court specifically.
Florida Process Server education and training
Although this jurisdiction doesn’t require that you complete a certain number of hours of training, it is assumed that you will need some type of formal education and training before taking the required exams to become a process server. To pass the process server exam in Orlando you will have to learn Chapter 48 of the Florida Statutes. These are the Rules of Civil Procedure, and outline all of the special situations and requirements that process servers must know to perform their duties for the court accurately and legally. If you want to pass the test, some education is recommended.
Some community colleges offer a short 20 hour course on process service, while other organizations offer some training for around 16 hours. Some of these programs include the exam for other jurisdictions, but you’ll have to take the exam for Orlando at the Community Corrections.
Taking the Orlando Florida Process Service Exam
The exam required by the First Judicial Court of Florida in Orlando is very extensive. If you are able to pass the exam, it will show that you are serious about knowing the right way to serve papers and be of assistance to the court system. Before you can take the exam you will have to pay a $300 non-refundable application fee, fill out the application, and have it notarized, so make sure you are ready. You can take care of all three at the same time and location as the exam itself. You can only take the exam by appointment from February through August.
Florida requires that process servers have no legal impediments or disabilities. For Orlando, that means process servers must not have a felony record, cannot be part of an ongoing investigation, or have certain recent misdemeanors. To ensure this, you must obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the Office of the State Attorney. You will have to further back up your word with a $5,000 surety bond with an approved firm.
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When you first go to the courthouse to file your legal documents, you’ll be given basic information about how to get your legal papers served to the other parties in the case. Typically, the court clerk will push you to set up for the sheriff or their deputies to serve the papers. Although this service is being provided by public servants, there is still a fee, and there are a lot of reasons to go another way.
Why sheriffs can’t get papers served quickly
The sheriff’s department has a lot of responsibilities that have nothing to do with serving papers. They have to take care of these duties before they spend time on other optional tasks like service of process. Your legal papers are going to be put on the back burner until the assigned officer has spare time and the inclination to serve them. Continue reading
Is a party to your case under active quarantine due to a positive test or exposure to COVID-19? If so, you may be concerned about your ability to have them served legal papers until their quarantine is over. Honestly, there is enough flexibility in the code for process service in Florida that people can still be served even if they cannot have any contact with others.
Here are some ideas that process servers can use to serve someone under quarantine without jeopardizing their health.
Wearing a mask and using disposable gloves can help reduce your risk of contracting the virus. Process servers would use appropriate PPE if they feel they may be within six feet of the occupant. Continue reading
The pandemic has made many aspects of life more difficult for just about everyone, but there are a few ways that everyone staying at home can be a great advantage. One of those areas is service of process.
Serving an individual is usually the easiest type of process service, but sometimes individuals can be hard to find. Even if you have a good address and place of employment, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a hard time being in the right place at the right time to serve the papers. Sometimes a process server must learn the individual’s schedule in order to know where to be to serve the papers most efficiently. Continue reading
If you have recently filed a civil case with the Orlando area courts, you have already learned that you have to have the other parties served. But what if you think the papers have been served, and the other party claims they were never received? This is where proof of service comes into play.
Is proof of service always required?
Yes! But what that proof of service is comprised of varies depending on the type of case and the type of legal papers. At the minimum, the process server must sign an affidavit of service on their copy of the papers and file it with the courts. Continue reading