For those who regularly refer O'Connor's Civil Trials in matters concerning service of process, I offer the following caveat: In Chapter 2, H. Serving Defendant, page 132, the authors of this usually reliable guide have mistakenly inserted language from Rule 14.3 ( c) of the Texas Rules of Judicial Administration. The stated methods of service in fact apply only to service of notice upon process servers in consecutive actions pending before the Process Server Review Board, not to service upon a defendant in a civil action as represented. The authors have since acknowledged the typo, and consequent publications will reflect corrections. Approved methods of service can be found in Rule 106 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. Additional service methods addressing specific circumstances can be found in the Texas Business Organizations Code, and the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code.
As process servers, most of us will occasionally find ourselves in possession of a citation or writ of which service may appear problematic. When you find yourself in this situation, it may prove beneficial to do bit of research. If in doing so you discover a rule or statute that addresses the particular circumstance, share your findings with your client. Through the years, it has been my experience that most attorneys appreciate that level of concern and initiative, and more often than not- will further investigate your findings before proceeding with service.
Proper service being the single most critical element in the commencement of any lawsuit, it is advisory that process servers refer to and only only on rules and statutes as authorized by the governing body and adopted by the Texas Supreme Court.