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Rule 536a. Duty of Officer or Person Receiving and Return of Citation (1990)


The officer or authorized person to whom process is delivered shall endorse thereon the day and hour on which he received it, and shall execute and return the same without delay.

The return of the officer or authorized person executing the citation shall be endorsed on or attached to the same; it shall state when the citation was served and the manner of service and be signed by the officer officially or by the authorized person. The return of citation by an authorized person shall be verified. When the citation was served by registered or certified mail as authorized by Rule 536, the return by the officer or authorized person must also contain the receipt with the addressee's signature. When the officer or authorized person has not served the citation, the return shall show the diligence used by the officer or authorized person to execute the same and the cause of failure to execute it, and where the defendant is to be found, if he can ascertain.

Where citation is executed by an alternative method as authorized by Rule 536, proof of service shall be made in the manner ordered by the court.

No default judgment shall be granted in any cause until the citation with proof of service as provided by this rule, or as ordered by the court in the event citation is executed under Rule 536, shall have been on file with the clerk of the court three (3) clays, exclusive of the day of filing and the day of judgment.

April 24, 1990, eff. Sept. 1, 1990: New rule to conform justice court service of citation to the extent practicable to conform to service of citation for other trial courts.

Prior Amendments Future Amendments
Dec. 12, 2011, eff. Jan. 1, 2012
Repealed by order of April 15, 2013, eff. Aug. 31, 2013.