APPENDIX F to ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTIVE #01-15
PROCEDURES FOR SERVICE OF PROCESS BY SPECIAL CIVIL PART OFFICERS
I. Service of Initial Process – Special Civil Part
All Special Civil Part Officers who serve initial process shall comply with the following procedures:
A. Procedures for Serving Summons and Complaint in Tenancy Actions
1. Timely Service
The Special Civil Part Officer will timely receive his/her assigned work in this regard from the Special Civil Part Clerk's office and they must, in turn, timely serve a tenant on or before 10 calendar days prior to the scheduled landlord/tenant trial date.
2. Personal Service
The Special Civil Part Officer to whom the summons and complaint have been assigned for service must first make an attempt to personally serve the defendant or anyone over the age of 14 who resides in the premises.
If the Special Civil Part Officer is unable to make personal service, the Officer must attach a copy to “the door of the unit occupied by the defendant or, if that is not possible, on another conspicuous part of the subject premises.”
4. Completing the Return of Service
If the Special Civil Part Officer succeeds in making personal service, the Officer must complete the section of the return of service that provides for the date of timely service and describes the individual served. If the Special Civil Part Officer could not make personal service, the Officer must describe the efforts made to personally serve the defendant and then describe the premises if the summons and complaint were posted. The return of service must indicate the date and time of service and be signed by the Officer.
A copy of the completed return of service must be delivered by the Special Civil Part Officer to the Special Civil Part Clerk’s Office as soon as possible but no later than the court date.