Service of Process

If you are litigating in Maryland, the Maryland Rules will govern how you are required to effect service of process for your initial pleadings. Service of Process is a jurisdictional matter; failure to achieve effective service of process will divest the court of jurisdiction to hear your case. The Maryland Rules for service of process are found at 2-121 through 2-126. Note that there are special rules for effecting process on corporations or other business entities, as described in 2-124(d)-(h).