What does it mean to serve documents to someone?

“Service” is the legal term for delivering certain kinds of documents. The parties must serve documents to each other as part of the court process. This makes sure that everyone involved in a court case knows:

  • what needs to be decided;
  • what evidence is being used; and
  • when things are happening.


Because serving documents is so important, there are many rules about service and the exact rules can change depending on the circumstances. So, if you are involved in a court action, you will need to learn the rules about serving documents.

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