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U.S. Marshals Service

Service of Process

Juror Summons

Juror Summons: A juror summons is a process issued by the court commanding the appearance of an individual to attend and be available for duty on a petit or grand jury at a specified location, time and date.28 USC 1866(b).

Territorial Limits: The summons may be served any place within the district of the court summoning the jury.

Issued By: The summons is issued by the clerk or jury commission of the U.S. District Court.

Served By: If service is accomplished by mail, the summons may be served by the U.S. Marshal, clerk, or jury commission. If personal service is required, the summons is served by the U.S. Marshal.

Manner of Service:  The clerk or jury commission will first attempt mail service via registered, certified, or first-class mail addressed to the named individual at his or her usual residence or business address. If mail service is not effective, the clerk or jury commission will deliver the summons to the U.S. Marshal for personal service upon the named individual.

Return:  Where service is accomplished by mail, the individual who effects service shall make affidavit of service and shall attach thereto any receipt from the addressee for a registered or certified summons. Where the U.S. Marshal is required to effect personal service, no affidavit is required and return may be recorded on a Form USM-285, Process Receipt and Return.

Note:  The information related to the service of court process that is contained on this web site is general information and not intended to be an exhaustive or definitive explanation or depiction of Federal rules of procedures for the service of process.  Readers are directed to the Federal Rules of Criminal and Civil Procedure; personal legal counsel; the United States Code, Titles 18 and 28; their local U.S. Attorney's Office and District Court for specific, authoritative guidance. 



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