A Process Server Surety Bond is a court surety bond required of individuals who perform personal service of process duties for courts in certain jurisdictions. Service of process is a procedure employed when a person (usually a defendant) is given notice of pending litigation against them in a court by the officials of that court (typically a summons, complaint or petition). The notice is given to the person so that they have time to respond to the proceedings before the court. Since most jurisdictions require that the notice documents be served “in hand” to the person named on the documents, the courts hire individuals to perform these duties. These individual process servers obtain a bond to guarantee to the courts that they are delivering the documents to the required individuals within the prescribed methods and time frames as determined by law.