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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Costs Associated with Small Claims Court

As discussed in Chapter 1, every individual has a constitutional right to know she’s being sued. To fulfill that right, the defendant must get notice that a suit has been filed against her in court. This notice includes getting hard copies of the filing papers.
As noted in Chapter 1, the papers must be handed to the defendant by an adult not associated with the lawsuit, or a process server. Depending on the court rules, the process server may be a court officer, like a bailiff, or a service hired by the plaintiff. Most servers are paid a flat fee, sometimes plus mileage. The flat fee can run from $20 to $50; the mileage fee is usually set at whatever the IRS rate may be. If the defendant is difficult ...

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