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How many proof of service tips have you gotten from court self-help centers? None? Never even heard of it? Well you're not alone; many graduating law students don't know about it either.
Courts are sticklers for proper procedure, and they are nitpicky about making sure everyone has the correct paperwork. Every party has to be properly served with court documents.
Service is the term for proper delivery, and there are certain rules to follow. A form or statement called a "Proof of Service" is the proof that you did things right. There are a number of rules to follow, so pay close attention to some common proof of service blunders. For example:
So what if you make a mistake? Your case won't be thrown out; most mistakes can be fixed. You may have to re-serve the papers, file an affidavit explaining and correcting the mistake, or just hang your head and eat some humble pie before the judge.
The specifics of what you have to do can be confusing, and the judge isn't there to help you. With any luck, you'll have an experienced lawyer at your side, which will make the process that much easier.