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Question:
I have a rush summons that must be served immediately because of a hearing date tomorrow. Can the DCS serve my writ immediately?

Answer: Maybe.
We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality professional process service. And, we understand that occasional, legitimate emergencies or short notice summons or other process will require rush service. However, the volume of papers handled by the Civil Process Division makes it difficult to accommodate rush requests.

Unfortunately, our experience has been that the majority of rush requests are due to less than professional conduct by an attorney who has failed to adequately prepare or manage his or her case.

Fairness dictates that papers are served in the order they are received. It is unreasonable to expect us to accommodate a request for rush service due to oversight, mismanagement or less than professional conduct by an attorney. It is also unfair to the majority of the three thousand attorneys registered with this office that allow adequate time for service. With cases docketed for months in advance, there are few legitimate reasons for requesting rush service. Please allow a minimum of three working days for service.

 

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