Alaska Process Server Instructions - CIV-615

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Use this form to provide your Alaska Process Server with the necessary instructions to properly serve your Tenant with the Complaint for Forcible Entry and Detainer and Summons.

Document Last Modified: 11/17/2022

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Alaska Eviction Procedures: Serving the Defendant

Once a Landlord has filed the Complaint for Forcible Entry and Detainer (FED), the next step is serving the Tenant (or Defendant) with a copy of the Complaint and Summons. This must be done at least 2 days before the eviction hearing is scheduled. If the Tenant is not properly served at least 2 days before the hearing, the hearing will likely be postponed.

The Alaska Court System provides the following guidance for serving a Defendant with a Complaint for FED:

  1. Choose a Process Server. The clerk’s office where you file your Complaint has a list of process servers as does the Alaska State Trooper Website. In some areas of the state there are no Process Servers and instead a Peace Officer - usually a State Trooper - will serve the Complaint and Summons. It’s best to check with your local clerk’s office to find an available Process Server.
  2. Contact the Process Server to make arrangements for service and to determine applicable service fees.
  3. Fill out service instructions - form CIV-615 - as completely as possible. Under the “documents to be served” section, write “F.E.D. Summons & Complaint.” It’s important to be as thorough as possible when completing this form to ensure that the Process Server is able to locate your Tenant(s).
  4. Deliver service instructions, documents, and fees to the Process Server.
  5. Get a Return of Service. Upon delivery, the Process Server will file a notarized Return of Service for each Tenant served. In addition, the Process Server will provide the Landlord (Plaintiff) with a copy of each Return of Service. Landlords should bring those documents to the eviction hearing.

It’s vital that Landlords comply with all procedural steps to ensure that their case is not delayed or dismissed.

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