Massachusetts Process Servers
(C) By Whom Served. Except as otherwise
permitted by paragraph (h)of this rule,
service of all process shall be made by
a sheriff,by his duty, or by special sheriff;
by any other person duly authorized by law;
by some person specially appointed by the court
for that purpose; or in the case of service of
process outside the
Commonwealth, by an individual
permitted to make service of process
law of this Commonwealth or be under the law of
in which the service is to be made, or
who is designated by a court
of this Commonwealth.
A subpoena may be served as provided in Rule 45
What Constables in Massachusetts can serve and where.
All bonded constables may serve, within the Cities or Towns in which
they are appointed or elected, the following:
All Summons and Complaints, as of 7/1/87 with no Ad Damnum stated, or
up $2500.00 if stated in the complaint
Writs and Trustee Process, Real Estate Attachment, Land Court Process,
Executions, Supplementary Process in any amount, Small Claims Notices
and Notices to Show Cause
All Process under Mass. G.L. Chap. 239, Summary Process, Ejectments, etc.,
Notices of all kinds and Demands, Capias Civil Arrest, Probate Court
Process, Domestic Relations Subpoenas: Criminal, Civil, Federal, And
other certain writs and papers from District Courts.
The Superior, Supreme Judicial and United States District Court and
may serve all process under Rule 4c of the Federal and Mass. Rules of
Civil Procedure. The following may be served anywhere by a Constable,
including process of all kinds not required to be served by an officer:
Summons and Complaint for Divorce, Subpoenas (Criminal, Civil and Federal),
Probate Citations, Notices and Letters of all kinds.
The jurisdiction of Constables in Massachusetts is in most cases limited
to the cities and towns in which they are appointed or elected, with very
An original BOND in the amount of $5,000 must be filed with each city or
town clerk of the Constable's appointment or election.