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Chief Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

House Sponsor: V. Lowry Snow

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill expands the types of process a person over the age of 18 is permitted to serve
             10      and allows private investigators to serve all civil process.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    expands the types of process a person over the age of 18 is permitted to serve; and
             14          .    allows private investigators to serve all civil process.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          78B-8-302, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 78B-8-302 is amended to read:
             25           78B-8-302. Process servers.
             26          (1) Complaints, summonses, and subpoenas may be served by any person 18 years of
             27      age or older at the time of service, and who is not a party to the action or a party's attorney.
             28          (2) The following persons may serve all process issued by the courts of this state:
             29          (a) a peace officer employed by any political subdivision of the state acting within the

             30      scope and jurisdiction of [his] the peace officer's employment;
             31          (b) a sheriff or appointed deputy sheriff employed by any county of the state;
             32          (c) a constable, or the constable's deputy, serving in compliance with applicable law;
             33      and
             34          (d) an investigator employed by the state and authorized by law to serve civil process.
             35          (3) Private investigators licensed in accordance with Title 53, Chapter 9, Private
             36      Investigator Regulation Act, may [only] serve [the following forms of process:] all forms of
             37      process in a civil proceeding, including bench warrants, however private investigators may not
             38      arrest anyone pursuant to a bench warrant.
             39          [(a) petitions;]
             40          [(b) complaints;]
             41          [(c) summonses;]
             42          [(d) supplemental orders;]
             43          [(e) orders to show cause;]
             44          [(f) notices;]
             45          [(g) small claims affidavits;]
             46          [(h) small claims orders;]
             47          [(i) writs of garnishment;]
             48          [(j) garnishee orders; and]
             49          [(k) subpoenas duces tecum.]
             50          (a) While serving process, a private investigator shall:
             51          (i) have on the investigator's person a visible form of credentials and identification
             52      identifying:
             53          (A) the person by name;
             54          (B) the person as a licensed private investigator; and
             55          (C) the name and address of the agency employing the investigator or, if the
             56      investigator is self-employed, the address of the investigator's place of business;
             57          (ii) verbally communicate to the person being served that the investigator is acting as a

             58      process server; and
             59          (iii) print on the first page of each document served:
             60          (A) the investigator's name and identification as a private investigator; and
             61          (B) the address and phone number for the investigator's place of business.
             62          (b) A private investigator may not use physical force or cause a breach of the peace
             63      while serving or attempting to serve process.
             64          (c) A complaint regarding a private investigator serving process may be made to and
             65      investigated by the sheriff of the county where the incident being complained of occurred. If
             66      the sheriff determines the complaint is credible, the sheriff may restrict or prohibit a licensed
             67      private investigator from serving any or all types of process within the county.
             68          (4) Other persons may serve process as prescribed by Subsection (1).
             69          (5) A person serving process shall legibly document the date and time of service and
             70      [his] the person's name and address on the return of service.

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