Serving a Defendant
If a defendant is to be served at a place of employment:
Specifying residence service as an option:
Difficult service or avoiding service defendant procedures:
Supplemental defendant information
If you know that a defendant is going to be difficult to serve or has a history of avoiding service, please provide us with as much information as possible. Additional information increases the likelihood of successful service. Helpful information includes:
Alternate (substitute or constructive) service
If you have trouble locating an avoiding or difficult defendant, you have the option of filing a motion for substitute or constructive service under state statute 25-517.02. We adhere to strict service procedures and rigorous documentation that can assist you when filing a motion for alternate service.
Do not ask us to leave a summons or other writ at an avoiding defendant's residence in the hope that he or she will appear. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will only serve process according to the law. If we can not serve a writ, a return of not found must be made, and State statute 25-507.01 requires us to return not found summonses to the issuing court.
Violent, mentally unstable defendants or those with communicable or infectious diseases
Our process servers work in an increasingly dangerous environment and they are not law enforcement officers and are not armed. Their physical safety is paramount. Please indicate on your praecipe if a defendant has: