Service of Process
It is within the prerogative of the Office
of the U. S.
Attorney to request a Criminal Summons in lieu of a warrant
of arrest. It is the same as a warrant, except it shall summon
the individual named therein to appear before a U. S.
Magistrate or Judge at a given time and location.
Issued By: A Criminal Summons is issued by a U. S. Magistrate or
a Judge of a United States District Court.
Territorial Limits: Anywhere in the United States or its territorial
Manner of Service: Service is accomplished by delivering it in person
or by leaving it at his dwelling or place of abode. It may
be left with some person of suitable age and discretion then
residing therein, and mailing it to the defendant's last known
NOTE: Ascertain local District Court rules governing service
of Criminal Summons.
Service By: Service may be made by a United States Marshal,
Deputy U. S. Marshal or any other person specially appointed
by the court.
Return: Service of a criminal summons is returned by executing
the appropriate space provided within the original summons
and by forwarding the same back to the issuing Court
through the U.S. Marshal's Office in the issuing district on
or before the date an appearance is required.
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.