Service of Process
Notice of Condemnation
Notice of Condemnation of Real Estate and/or Personal Property
A notice of condemnation is the process used
to notify a person, corporation, company, or counsel that property owned
by that party is to be condemned for use by the United States Government
for reasons as may be explained within the writ. This notice must
contain a description of the property to be seized. In real estate
condemnations, the notice may enumerate all present and past owners of
The notice may be served anywhere within the United States.
The clerk of the U.S. District Court issues and signs the notice under
The notice is served by any person who is
not a party and who is at least 18 years old. Because service by the
U.S. Marshal may continue to be appropriate in cases brought by the
United States, the Marshal normally coordinates with the U.S. attorney
regarding whether the former should serve the notice in a particular
Manner of Service:
The notice may be served in any manner
permitted under the service of process law of the state where the
district court is located or under the service of process law of the
state where the notice is to be served.
The individual who effects service of a
notice of condemnation will provide proof of service to the court.
Sales of forfeited or condemned property are
carried out according to policy and procedures related to the
asset forfeiture program
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;
U.S. Attorney's Office and District Court for
specific, authoritative guidance.