Wednesday, May 9, 2012

What is a Certificate of Service?

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A certificate of service is a statement of the date and manner in which a copy of a pleading, motion, or other documents was served on all parties or their counsel of record.

The information must include the:
• Method of service
• Date of service
• Name and address of the individual served

Although similar to the Affidavit of Service (Proof of Service), the Certificate of Service is a separate document that must be filed within a set number of days of filing the initial complaint.  
Not all jurisdictions require a certificate of service; always verify the rules and requirements with your local court.

A failure to file a certificate of service may result in a Notice of Failure to Comply and sanctions imposed by the court.