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The History of Process Serving in America

If everyone agreed all the time and always did the right thing, then process servers in Orlando and other locations would be out of work. Unfortunately, that will never be the case. So, if you need to serve someone with papers for eviction, in a divorce or in a lawsuit, make sure that you use a professional process server who will follow the law. These professionals are supported by a long line of history.

The Magna Carta

You have to go back to the rule of King John in England to find the start of due process. At that time, the king was imprisoning men, removing them from their land and starving them to death. A brave group of men met on a hilltop at Runnymede to sign the Magna Carter in 1215. The first person served was King John who had just signed the Magna Carta without reading it. Clause 38 of the Magna Carta says, “no free man may be taken or imprisoned, or ousted of his lands, or outlawed, or banished, or hurt in any way; nor will we [the king] go against him, nor send our officers against him, save by lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.” The Magna Carter is where due process was first outlined in a court document and process servers were born.

The United States Constitution

When the founding fathers came to America, they were already very familiar with the Magna Carta. The idea of due process, however, did not become law until after the Civil War. In 1868, the idea of due process was made law in the same amendment that gave former slaves the same rights as other Americans. This amendment says, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Florida Rules of Civil Procedure

In 1954, the state legislature passed Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. This law, which has been revised many times including in 2019, outlines who can be a process server in Orlando and other places in Florida. Rule 1.070 outlines who may serve as a process server. That law says, “Service of process may be made by an officer authorized by law to serve process, but the court may appoint any competent person not interested in the action to serve the process.”

If you need a process server in Orlando, then contact Central Florida Process at (407) 709-8707. Do not jeopardize your chances in court by trusting others to do this important task. Their years of experience and dedication help ensure that the law is followed completely.