Service of the claim form and other documents: an overview

Service means bringing documents used in court proceedings to a person's attention. The claim form is the most important of these. This note covers service of the claim form and other documents, including methods of service, the address for service, time limits and deemed service.

This note is under review in light of the decision in Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1537. For more on the decision and its possible (and wide-ranging) practical implications, see Practice note, Jackson/civil litigation reform: toolkit, and the below articles:


 

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