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South Africa Process Server
Process Server in South Africa
Our South Africa process server will handle your case promptly and efficiently.
Process Service Network serves legal documents in all countries of the world, including International Service of Process in South Africa. Depending on your needs, we will serve your legal documents either through our international network of private process servers, or by other appropriate process service methods, as allowed by law in South Africa (see below).
Process Service Network specializes in legal service in South Africa and is one of the few firms that handles international service of process and offers competitive rates. Our job is to cut through the bureaucracy and red tape to get the service completed with as little delay as possible. We have been in business since 1978 and have developed close working relationships with key individuals in most countries throughout the world. The founder and CEO of Process Service Network was a Political Science major in college with a focus on international relations and is actively involved in a worldwide organization through which he has developed business and personal relationships in over 80 nations worldwide. He is also an International Circle member of the World Affairs Council and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (ABA).
Unlike some of our competitors who claim to be experts, we actually are familiar with the laws, customs and current practices in the countries where documents are to be served. With offices in 8 countries, serving major regions around the world, we stay on top of current events and service strategies. Our personal relationships and close dealings with the judicial authorities in the U.S. Department of State and many countries allow us to have a better understanding of their procedures and requirements.
Why Choose Process Service Network?
- Our extensive network of both process servers and connections get your documents delivered in a timely manner
- We deliver your documents through methods that are accepted in all courts worldwide
- We will serve your legal documents anywhere in the world
- We provide you with a team of skilled, knowledgeable, diligent and competent international service specialists
- We quote firm rates, in advance – with no hidden fees
The following is a summary of the methods available for service in South Africa as well as a specific proposal for process service.
South Africa is not a signer of The Hague Service Convention. The formal method in South Africa is Letters Rogatory (see below).
Private process servers may serve documents in most countries, whether a signer of The Hague Service Convention, or not. Service is normally handled in a manner similar to methods used in the United States, although completion of the service usually takes longer. Customs and traditions in South Africa tend to lead to a slower pace and less rigid work habits. Service sometimes may take several months but informal service is generally much faster than the formal method. Recent services took 3-4 weeks. Many process servers who we employ are off-duty police officers or other government officials who are able to, in certain cases, exercise their official capacity to complete the service. Since we pay the process server a bonus (at our own expense) for prompt service, the normal delays are usually reduced. Currently, the time frame for the completion of informal service is approximately 2 weeks.
Advantage: The time frame is shorter than the formal method.
Disadvantage: Judgment “may” not be enforceable in South Africa.
Service by Publication is an alternative to personal service when a defendant's address is not known. Your court will require that you conduct a Due Diligence Search before issuing a court order allowing for service by publication. We handle the entire process, including the due diligence search affidavit, and preparing the Application and Order for Publication. We will provide all forms necessary for you to submit to your local court. Once the Order is signed by the judge, we will publish the entire file for one low rate of $995.00 and provide Proof of Publication.
See details at www.GlobalLegalNotices.com
Most countries require the documents to be translated into the official language of the nation where they are to be served (in this case, Afrikaans). The U.S. State Department recommends translation, but it is not a requirement unless the formal method is used. It is possible, although rare, that a demurer could be filed based upon lack of understanding by the defendant as to the nature and meaning of un-translated documents. It is important that the Defendant understand the nature of the documents. We offer translation services at rates quoted below.
|Letters Rogatory||$1475.00 (+ Embassy Fee of $2275.00)|
|Expedited Informal||$2700.00 (within 30 days, guaranteed)|
|*All fees are per defendant/address|
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE OF PROCESS MAP: SOUTH AFRICA
DECLARATIONS: We provide formal declarations on the status of service upon request, as required by your court, at no additional charge. We subscribe to the U.S. Department of State weekly up-dates on international service of process and the Central Intelligence Agency briefings on social conditions abroad and monitor problems in nations that might affect the completion of the service. Estimated time for completion of service is subject to change depending on current conditions.
WARNING: Beware of companies that quote suspiciously low rates. They often come back later with an excuse for an additional charge. Our rates are firm for one address quoted. Other companies are actually brokerage firms or website developers, not process service agencies, who farm out assignments to companies that are not knowledgeable or qualified on international service of process.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained herein is provided for general information only and may not be accurate at the time of service in a particular case or country. Questions involving specific services should be directed to our office. Care should be exercised in choosing the method of service (formal/informal) if eventual enforcement of a U.S. judgment is anticipated in the country where the documents are to be served. No legal advice is intended in the statements contained herein. Assignments for international service of process are accepted on the basis that the assigning law firm has researched all applicable laws. Process Service Network and its agents assume no liability for its actions in the course of any phase of the service of process assignment.
Specializing in International Service and “hard-to-serve” cases
What we will need to get it served:
International Service of Process
- 1. If sending via email: a PDF version of the service documents combined into one (1) file. If sending via FedEx, mail, or similar: three (3) copies of the documents to be served.
(Note: all 3 sets can be copies; original documents are not required)
- 2. A letter of instructions advising us the defendant’s name, service address, and requested method of service (i.e. formal or informal).
- 3. Payment for the service fees in U.S. dollars (we will bill you for the translation costs, if translation is required).
Domestic (United States) Service of Process
- 1. If sending via email: a PDF version of the service documents combined into one (1) file.
If sending via FedEx, mail, or similar: two (2) copies of the documents to be served.
(Note: both sets can be copies; original documents are not required)
- 2. A letter of instructions advising us the defendant’s name and service address.
- 3. Payment for the service fees in U.S. dollars.
A note about copies: Service documents sent to us for domestic assignments are subject to a $.25/page copy fee for large files (100+ pages). Copy fees are waived for international assignments.
Note: We’ve been in business since 1978, so we must be doing it right.