Subpoena Services: How to Handle Elusive Witnesses

Apr 23 2015 | posted by Giles-Parscale

Having trouble locating that witness you need to serve? You’re not alone. Millions of lawyers and process servers experience this frustrating issue on a daily basis. The witnesses are not at home, they’re not at work, and you just can’t seem to track them down.

Fortunately, all hope is not lost. There are a few tried-and-true methods you can use to track down those elusive witnesses and complete your subpoena services. Here are some of the best strategies.

·  Do some investigating – Check out your witnesses’ social media pages and see where they’re hanging out. Did they check in at a local bar or restaurant? Are they taking pictures at a friend’s birthday party? Use that information to track them and pin down their location.

·  Know the law in their area – When it comes to service laws, every jurisdiction is different. Some even allow you to serve the order to someone else in the household, if the witness isn’t home when you arrive. Check to see if this is an option where your service order is located.

·  Don’t spill the beans – Did you stop by a witness’ work or home only to have a colleague, roommate, or family member tell you that he or she was not around? In this type of encounter, you shouldn’t reveal that you’re a process server. You don’t want them to tip off your witness and send him or her running for the hills.

·  Use a pro – The absolute best way to serve an elusive witness is to hire a professional process service company. They will have access to cutting edge tools that can aide in the search, and they will know how to best track down the witness you need to serve.

If you’re having trouble tracking down an elusive witness for your case, then call on LORR for reinforcements. Our expert subpoena services can help.