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Process servers

Assessment criteria

For legal aid to be granted for a process server the following tests must be satisfied:

  • aid has been provided for the substantive matter, and
  • a subpoena/summons has been filed in court and is required to be served upon a person or organisation by way of a process server.

Requirements

Practitioners seeking an extension of aid for a process server, should electronically submit an extension for aid request via the Grants Online system and advise the assessing officer whether standard or urgent service is required, and the distance from GPO if Brisbane based or from principal place of business if outside Brisbane to the location of service.

Interpretation

If a process server is required, the practitioner must engage a process server who will accept legal aid rates. Legal Aid Queensland has an arrangement with RSM - Risk & Security Management who accept legal aid scale of fees.

Legal Aid Queensland expects the practitioner to engage process servers in the most cost effective manner possible.

Travel expenses are claimable at legal aid rates when travel exceeds 35 kilometres single round trip.

Travelling time is not claimable by process servers.

 The process server fee includes three attempted services at the same address.

Grant(s) of aid

 Grant of aid

Description

 PS1

 Standard service less than 35 km from GPO if Brisbane based or from principal place
  of business if outside Brisbane

 PS2

 Standard service greater than 35 km from GPO if Brisbane based or from principal place
  of business if outside Brisbane   

 PS3

 Urgent service less than 35 km from GPO if Brisbane based or from principal place
  of business if outside Brisbane

 PS4

 Urgent service more than 35 km from GPO if Brisbane based or from principal place
  of business if outside Brisbane

 PS5

 Standard interstate/intrastate service

 PS6

 Urgent interstate/intrastate service

 PS7

 Administration fee (to be used with PS5 and PS6 only)

 PS8

 Confidential enquiries to locate new address

 PS9

 Fee for attempted service (more than three)

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