A civil lawsuit (as opposed to a criminal case) can be filed or started in court by a person, an organization such as a company, or a government agency, against another person, organization or government agency. The word “person” used in this topic includes all these other possibilities.
A plaintiff (the person who is suing) begins a civil lawsuit in court by filing a complaint (the document submitted to the court describing what the lawsuit is about) and paying a filing or entry fee to the court. The plaintiff must then buy an original summons (an order issued by the court requiring a specific person to respond within a specific period of time) from the court for each person being sued. The next step is to notify each person being sued by “service of process”.
Service of Process in the Boston Municipal Court or District Court
- Service of Process in the Boston Municipal Court or District Court
- What is Service of Process?
- Why Do I Have to Complete Service of Process?
- When Do I Have to Complete Service of Process?
- How Do I Complete Service of Process?
- What If I Do Not Know Where the Defendant Lives?
- What If the Defendant Does Not Live or Work in Massachusetts?
- What Does it Mean if the Defendant is Willing to Accept Service?