service of process

(redirected from Acknowledgement of service)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Wikipedia.

service of process

[sur′vis]
Etymology: L, servus, a slave, processus, going forth
(in law) the delivery of a writ, summons, or complaint to a defendant. Once delivered or left with the party for whom it is intended, it is said to have been served. The original of the document is shown; a copy is served. Service of process gives reasonable notice to allow the person to appear, testify, and be heard in court.