The Advantages of Using a Process Server Over the Court Bailiffs

A process server is a professional individual who delivers legal documents to another, giving them notice of court actions to a defendant, on behalf of a plaintiff. They also ensure that the delivery of the documents is successfully recorded.

Process serving work with court orders including enforcements, eviction notices, debt claims, and judgments, and ensures that the respondent is aware of the court order.  The majority of legal documents are required by law to be personally served, rather than posted to the defendant.

A process server has many of the same duties as a county court bailiff, but there are benefits to using a process server instead.


Process servers are not involved in debt collection, and as such are not considered to be involved in regulated activity. As a result, there are a lot fewer legal processes involved in the delivering of legal documents by using a process server over a court bailiff.

This means that the process is much quicker.  Waiting for the county court bailiff can be anywhere between four and seven weeks, whilst hiring a process server means that the procedures can commence much sooner.


Bu using a process server, you have direct control over their actions. Hiring a reputable server from an agency such as All Lanes means that the process will be dealt with in a clear and flexible way.

A good process server will continually monitor your case, guaranteeing that the process is settled legally and speedily, making sure that evidence, statements, and affidavits are comprehensive.

When opting to use a county court bailiff, the process is mainly out of the hands of the plaintiff. You will still be kept informed when the documents have been served, this may not be instantaneous and you will not have the same level of transparency and level of contact you would with a process sever.


The defendant might be evasive, either intentionally or not, and the process server will use legal methods to trace the respondent.  Methods include looking for the respondent on social media or even visiting them at their place of work, though the latter is a last resort.

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