Personal Service

The papers are handed to the defendant or respondent. This is the easiest way to serve papers. The plaintiff or petitioner can't do this but must get someone else to do it for them.

  • Papers can be handed to the other side anywhere.
  • Papers can’t be served on Sundays or on a person's religious observance days.
  • In New York City for many Housing Court cases, papers should be served between 6:00 in the morning and 10:00 at night.

If the server can’t find the other side in person, there are rules for the other ways to serve papers.

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