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Private Process Servers Allowed to Serve in Tennessee Juvenile Court Proceedings

By August 10, 2018 No Comments
Tennessee private process servers

Tennessee SB1645 and HB 1529 have passed, allowing service of process in juvenile court to be completed by a sheriff, constable or private process servers.

Sponsored by Senator Lee Harris, the bill makes amendments to a number of Tennessee codes and adds in the sections giving authority to private process servers in addition to Sheriffs and Constables to serve in juvenile court proceedings.

Originally introduced on January 10, 2018 the additions read as follows:

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 36-1-117, is amended by adding the following new subdivision to subsection (m):

(4) Service of process for juvenile court proceedings may be completed by any individual authorized to serve process under the Rules of Civil Procedure or the Rules of Juvenile Procedure, including, but not limited to, a sheriff, constable, or private process server.

SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 1, is amended by adding the following as a new section:

Service of process for juvenile court proceedings may be completed by any individual authorized to serve process under the Rules of Civil Procedure or the Rules of Juvenile Procedure, including, but not limited to, a sheriff, constable, or private process server.

For the full text of the bills:
SB1645: Click here to read
HB 1529: Click here to read

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