Know what can be served and by who!
Knowing the Law can save you troubles with services
Constables may be appointed to serve all process under Rule 4-c of the Federal and Mass. Rules of Civil Procedure and the appropriate motion for use in obtaining this appointment may be found at http://www.constables-mbca.org/special-process-server-appt.php
As a disinterested person, the following may be served anywhere by a Constable, including process of all kinds not required to be served by an Officer:
Federal Summons and Complaints
Summons and Complaint for Divorce, Contempt,
Modification, and Separate Support
Criminal, Civil and Federal Subpoenas, Probate Citations,
Notices and Letters of all kinds.
What Can Constables Serve:
Constables are bonded for the amount specified by the Massachusetts Statute, and can serve all process allowed by law. All bonded Constables may serve, within the Cities or Towns in which they are appointed or elected, the following:
All Summons and Complaints with maximum Ad Damnum allowed by law
Writs and Trustee Process
Real Estate Attachments
Land Court Process
Supplementary Process in any Amount
Small Claims Notices and Notices To Show Cause
All Process under G.L. Chapter 239
Summary Process, Ejectments, etc.
Notices of all kinds and Demands
Probate Court Process, Domestic Relations
Subpoenas, Criminal, Civil, and Federal, and other certain Writs and Papers from the District Courts, the Superior, Supreme Judicial, and the United States District Courts
This article briefly outlines the evolution of the office of constable and its role in the Massachusetts legal system, and should not be considered as an in-depth review of all aspects of the constable’s involvement in the serving and executing of legal process.