|Court Document required
copies per defendant of the Plaintiffs Claim and Order to Defendant
|Purpose of Process
||The small claims
court acquires jurisdiction to hear the case when the
Plaintiffs Claim and Order to Defendant is served on the
address for service where the defendant usually works or
|Time for Service
||The Sheriff must
receive the process no later than four weeks before the
|Manner of Service
defendant may be served by personal or substituted service.
Personal service must be made not less than 15 days before
the hearing, or 20 days if the small claims court hearing
is in another county. Substitute service must be made at least
25 days before the hearing, or 30 days if the court is in
||$40 if served or canceled, and $35 if Not Found.
|Proof of Service
||The Sheriff will
mail a Certificate of Service to the court and a Notice of
Service to the plaintiff if the Claim is served. If not
served, a Not Found/No Service return is mailed to the
plaintiff explaining the reason for non-service.