Manner of Service of Writs, Notices and Other Papers
CHAPTER 4. MANNER OF SERVICE OF WRITS, NOTICES, AND OTHER PAPERS
Article 1. Service on Attorney of Creditor or Debtor Div 1 Chap 4 Art 1 684.010-684.050
(ccp:684.010-684.050) CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE SECTION 684.010-684.050
Subject to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 283) of Title 5 of Part 1 of this code and Section 215 of the Family Code, when a notice, order, or other paper is required to be served under this title on the judgment creditor, it shall be served on the judgment creditor's attorney of record rather than on the judgment creditor if the judgment creditor has an attorney of record.
(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), when a writ, notice, order, or other paper is required to be served under this title on the judgment debtor, it shall be served on the judgment debtor instead of the attorney for the judgment debtor.
(b) The writ, notice, order, or other paper shall be served on the attorney specified by the judgment debtor rather than on the judgment debtor if all of the following requirements are satisfied:
(1) The judgment debtor has filed with the court and served on the judgment creditor a request that service on the judgment debtor under this title be made by serving the attorney specified in the request. Service on the judgment creditor of the request shall be made personally or by mail. The request shall include a consent, signed by the attorney, to receive service under this title on behalf of the judgment debtor.
(2) The request has not been revoked by the judgment debtor.
(3) The consent to receive service has not been revoked by the attorney.
(c) A request or consent under subdivision (b) may be revoked by filing with the court a notice revoking the request or consent. A copy of the notice revoking the request or consent shall be served on the judgment creditor. Service shall be made personally or by mail. The judgment creditor is not bound by the revocation until the judgment creditor has received a copy of the notice revoking the request or consent.
Sections 684.010 and 684.020 do not apply to either of the following:
(a) A subpoena or other process to require the attendance of a party.
(b) A paper to bring a party into contempt.
If service on an attorney is required under this article, service on the attorney shall be made in any of the following ways:
(a) By personal delivery to the attorney.
(b) By service in the manner provided in subdivision (1) of Section 1011.
(c) By mail in the manner provided in Section 684.120.
Service on the attorney for the judgment creditor or the judgment debtor pursuant to the provisions of this article constitutes service on the judgment creditor or judgment debtor for the purposes of this title.
Article 2. Manner of Service Generally Div 1 Chap 4 Art 2 CCP 684.110-684.140
(ccp:684.110-684.140) CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE SECTION 684.110-684.140
(a) Subject to subdivisions (b), (c), and (d), if a writ, notice, order, or other paper is required to be personally served under this title, service shall be made in the same manner as a summons is served under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 413.10) of Title 5.
(b) If the paper is required to be personally served under this title and service on an attorney is required under Article 1 (commencing with Section 684.010), service shall be made on the attorney in the manner provided in Section 684.040.
(c) If the service is on (1) a financial institution, (2) a title insurer (as defined in Section 12340.4 of the Insurance Code) or underwritten title company (as defined in Section 12340.5 of the Insurance Code), or (3) an industrial loan company (as defined in Section 18003 of the Financial Code), service shall be made at the office or branch that has actual possession of the property levied upon or at which a deposit account levied upon is carried and shall be made upon the officer, manager, or other person in charge of the office or branch at the time of service.
(d) Subject to subdivision (c), if a levy is made by personally serving a copy of the writ and notice of levy on a third person, service on the third person shall be made in the same manner as a summons may be served under Section 415.10 or 415.20.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this title, if a writ, notice, order, or other paper is to be served by mail under this title, it shall be sent by first-class mail (unless some other type of mail is specifically required) and shall be deposited in a post office, mailbox, sub-post office, substation, mail chute, or other like facility regularly maintained by the United States Postal Service, in a sealed envelope, with postage paid, addressed as follows:
(1) If an attorney is being served in place of the judgment creditor or judgment debtor as provided in Section 684.010 or 684.020, to the attorney at the last address given by the attorney on any paper filed in the proceeding and served on the party making the service.
(2) If any other person is being served, to such person at the person's current mailing address if known or, if unknown, at the address last given by the person on any paper filed in the proceeding and served on the party making the service.
(3) If the mailing cannot be made as provided in paragraph (1) or (2), to the person at the person's last known address.
(b) Service by mail is complete at the time of deposit; but, unless the court prescribes a shorter period of time, any prescribed period of notice and any right or duty to do any act or make any response within any prescribed period or on a date certain after a paper is served by mail is extended:
(1) Five days if the place of address is within the State of California.
(2) Ten days if the place of address is outside the State of California but within the United States.
(3) Twenty days if the place of address is outside the United States.
(c) The writ, notice, order, or other paper served by mail under this section shall bear a notation of the date and place of mailing or be accompanied by an unsigned copy of the affidavit or certificate of mailing. This subdivision is directory only.
(a) If the levying officer is required by any provision of this title to serve any writ, order, notice, or other paper on any person, the judgment creditor shall include in the instructions to the levying officer the correct name and address of the person. The judgment creditor shall use reasonable diligence to ascertain the correct name and address of the person.
(b) Unless the levying officer has actual knowledge that the name or address included in the instructions is incorrect, the levying officer shall rely on the instructions in serving the writ, order, notice, or other paper on the person.
If a provision of this title provides for service by the levying officer of an order, notice, or other paper that runs in favor of a particular person, personal service of the paper may be made by the person or the person's agent if the levying officer gives permission. The levying officer's permission may be evidenced by a certificate signed by the levying officer. This section does not authorize the levying officer to give permission to serve a writ or notice of levy. If service is made by a person or the person's agent pursuant to this section, the cost of the service is not a recoverable cost. Nothing in this section limits the authority of a registered process server provided in this title.
Article 3. Proof of Service Div 1 Chap 4 Art 3 CCP 684.210-684.220
(ccp:684.210-684.220) CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE SECTION 684.210-684.220
If service of notice of a court hearing is required under this title, proof of service of the notice shall be made at or before the hearing to the satisfaction of the court.
Proof of service or of posting or publication under this title may be made by, but is not limited to, the following means:
(a) If service is made in the same manner as a summons is served under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 413.10) of Title 5, proof of service may be made in the manner provided in Article 5 (commencing with Section 417.10) of that chapter.
(b) If service is made in the same manner as a summons is served under Section 415.10 or 415.20, proof of service may be made by affidavit of the person making the service showing the time, place, and manner of service and the facts showing that the service was made in accordance with the applicable statutory provisions. The affidavit shall recite or in other manner show the name of the person to whom the papers served were delivered and, if appropriate, the title of the person or the capacity in which the person was served.
(c) Proof of service by mail as provided in Section 684.120 may be made in the manner prescribed in Section 1013a.
(d) Proof of posting may be made by the affidavit of the person who posted the notice, showing the time and place of posting.
(e) Proof of publication may be made by the affidavit of the publisher or printer, or the foreman or principal clerk of the publisher or printer, showing the time and place of publication.
(f) Proof of service may be made by the written admission of the person served.
(g) Proof of service however made, or of posting or publication, may be made by testimonial evidence.
Article 4. Application of Chapter 684.310 (ccp:684.310) CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE SECTION 684.310
Except for Sections 684.130 and 684.140, the provisions of Article 1 (commencing with Section 684.010) and Article 2 (commencing with Section 684.110) do not apply to service under Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 706.010) of Division 2 (wage garnishment).
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