Legal documents and notification used to be delivered by agents and sheriffs alone. Only the authorities can deliver notice of evictions, summons, statutory demands, repossession notice, divorce documents, etc. However, due to the increasing demands of documents that need to be delivered and law enforcers have other equally important things to do, the authorities eventually decide to allow ordinary citizens to perform the task and become process servers in UK. If you want to become a process server, you need to meet the following qualifications.
Must be of legal age
Anybody who is 18 years old and above can apply as a process server in UK. Apart from legal age, the agency for process serving may require additional requirements and competencies from the candidate and such requirements may vary from one agency to another. To know the other qualifications required by the agency, visit their website for more information.
Educational and professional background
Although you do not have to be a law practitioner to become one of the process servers in UK, you need to have a background in law as a minimum requirement. This is essential because you would be handling legal documents so you need to at least understand what the papers are all about. There are also legal notifications, such as recovery of assets, that when served can be countered legally by the respondent especially when there are technical failures during the delivery of the document. If the process server is not aware of his rights and limitations, he can be sued for repossession of assets.
One important qualification that needs to be met by those who want to become process servers in UK is the person’s physical fitness. The job requires one to be physically fit since he would have to deliver summons and legal notices that may require him to walk distances just to find the address or he may have to take long trips just to get to the respondent’s location. Those who have physical or mobility issues may be advised against applying for the job unless of course, he can prove otherwise.