Twelve Days of Tort Law – Service of Process

On the tenth day of Christmas, a marshal served on me! A complaint, but he did so improperly!

Welcome to part ten of The Law Office of Christopher J. Mutchler’s festive twelve part pseudo-satirical series on Connecticut personal injury law: service of process.

Being the astute reader you are, there is a good chance you noticed that each of these festive law blogs begins with a marshal serving a complaint. Today we are going to learn what that means.

Much like my festive tort law postings, civil lawsuits in Connecticut begin with a state marshal serving a complaint. Why, you ask? Simple. Because I think it’s funny.

Oh, you meant why do Connecticut lawsuits begin with service by a marshal? Well, that’s simple too. Because Connecticut General Statute § 52-45a says they have to. If not, the lawsuit can be dismissed for insufficient service of process. What does this mean? Well, that’s not so simple. If you’re crazy enough to be interested in it, you should go to law school (or have a drink with a group of lawyers).

The take away? If you are served by a marshal, you need to take it seriously. DO NOT disregard it. Instead, call an attorney.

Life’s not always fair, but it may be fairer than you think it is. If you’re in a bind, the Law Office of Christopher J. Mutchler may be able to help.

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