Service of notices

The Court sees to it that the parties and the witnesses receive the summonses to hearings and the other notices appropriately and on time.

Service of notices is usually done by post. The letter may be sent either to the post office, to be signed for as received, or directly to the recipient, in which event the certificate of receipt contained in the envelope must be returned to the District Court. With the recipient’s consent, the service of notices may also be effected electronically. In that case, the recipient is notified that the document can be retrieved on a server indicated by the district court.

If it is likely that service by post will not be successful, the District Court’s process servers deliver the notice to the recipient in person. In criminal cases the notice is even in general delivered by process servers. In connection with undisputed claims, the service of summons may also be effected via telephone.

Other documents than those that require verifiable service (e.g. statements of the opposing party, summons to a preparatory hearing and main hearing, summaries drawn up by the court etc.) can be sent directly to the postal address or e-mail address given by the party.

In addition to notices in connection to court cases the District Court’s process servers also have other official duties relating to service of notices.

Published 29.11.2013