Process Serving Info

According to the 5th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, no man can have property taken without due process of the law.

Serving legal process follows three elements: identifying the person to whom the writ is served; identifying yourself as a RI Constable, and informing the recipient of the general nature of the papers served.

Integrity of the server is the guiding principle which allows the due process of the law to be initiated. HUGHES documents all factors of the service including physical description, employment and motor vehicle information. The returns are scanned and saved into our data base.

HUGHES can retrieve proofs of service going back to 1993.

HUGHES, through affiliated process servers, can effect service of process throughout the United States and the world.

Examples of What We Do

Over the years, HUGHES has effected some of the following services and executions:

  • Served a Writ of Replevin and returned to the plaintiff; 4000 pound printing presses.
  • Located, and arranged for service on a defendant on a golf course at TPC San Francisco within four hours of receiving the assignment.
  • Wrestled a .32 revolver from a defendant's hand.
  • Safely- relocated two Llamas from an unsafe habitat.
  • Arranged for service of process in Haiti.
  • Serves legal process in multilingual Providence.
  • Arrested a person for whom the Providence Police- under long time department instructions - will not arrest.
  • Effected the collection (execution) of a debt by placing a " keeper" next to a debtor/restaurant's cash register. The monies were taken from the register hourly until the debt was paid.
  • Auctioned off a South County motel to satisfy a Judgment.
  • Recorded court levies with local municipal clerks.
  • Under a Letters Rogatory Commission, our office notary issues Rhode Island Subpoenas Duces Tecum. This constable then served these subpoenas on the same day to multiple custodians of record from Woonsocket to Westerly.
  • On August 9, 2002, DEBORAH B. denied ever being served with legal process. I was called to the Sixth District Court in Providence RI, to answer questions on whether I had served DEBORAH B. two years prior on August 24, 2000.

    DEBORAH B’s attorney offered a series of question which began with “Is it possible…” I answered all of the Attorney’s questions in the affirmative.

    I answered no on whether I recognized the woman (DEBORAH ) sitting in court.

    However, during the my examination, I asked the Judge if I could refer to my two year old notes. Two years prior, at 7:23 am on August 24, 2000, I made note that DEBORAH B. was wearing a work shirt with “ PIZZA HUT” printed on it. I noted that DEBORAH was 38 year old white female; 5’5”; 130 # with blond hair and no glasses. I also wrote down at the time of service that there was a Bronze Honda Accord with RI registration number xx-xxx parked in the driveway. I also noted that the mail box at the Cranston address had three names written on it- one of which was the defendants.

    I explained to the court that I did not recognize the woman sitting before me, but my notes on my service of process were made shortly after serving DEBORAH.

    Good service affirmed by the Judge.
  • Recently, I was asked to serve a visiting Nobel Prize winner.

    This scientist would be in town for one day. He was scheduled to preside over a gathering of 4000. Although provided with a photograph, serving the correct defendant among 4000 would not be easy.

    Four large video screens overhung the hall. In the hall, science beyond my understanding was the topic. When one of the speakers had trouble with his “power-point “presentation, my subject went up to the stage to correct the tech problem.

    From the rear of the hall, I noted where the defendant returned to his seat. I knew that the convention would eventually break for lunch, and the defendant would most likely be lost in the crowd.

    Fortunately, for me, there was another problem with computer, and again the person who was being sued returned to the stage.

    This process server then started walking the 75 yards from the rear row of seats to the front of the auditorium. I tried to time my walk with the defendant as he left the stage.

    In front of 4000, I knelt down in front of the seated Nobel Prize winner,. I asked him his name. I stated my name and title. I then, explain that I had a summons and complaint for him. I finish with the service of process with the phrase “ you’re served!”