Service of process

Authorizes courts to order process of service upon plaintiff
filing an affidavit of impoverishment. (HB2362 HD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Section 580-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 2 amended to read as follows:
 3      "580-3 Service.(a)  The complaint for annulment,
 4 divorce, or separation, and the summons shall be served by an
 5 authorized process server on the defendant personally if the
 6 defendant is within the State, unless the defendant enters an
 7 appearance in the case, and except as hereinafter otherwise
 8 provided.
 9      (b)  If service by an authorized process server is not
10 feasible or is inconvenient or if the defendant is without the
11 State, the court may authorize the service to be made by any
12 other responsible person, or the court may authorize notice of
13 the pendency of the action and of a time and place of hearing,
14 which shall be not less than twenty days after the giving of
15 personal notice, to be given to the defendant personally by such
16 person and in such manner as the court shall designate and the
17 case may be heard and determined at or after the time specified
18 in the notice.

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 1      (c)  If the defendant is without the circuit, the court may
 2 authorize service by registered or certified mail, with request
 3 for a return receipt and direction to deliver to addressee only.
 4 The return receipt signed by the defendant shall be prima facie
 5 evidence that the defendant accepted delivery of the complaint
 6 and summons on the date set forth on the receipt.  Actual receipt
 7 by the defendant of the complaint and summons sent by registered
 8 or certified mail shall be equivalent to personal service on the
 9 defendant by an authorized process server as of the date of the
10 receipt.
11      (d)  If it appears that the defendant has refused to accept
12 service by mail, or is concealing oneself, or evading service, or
13 that plaintiff does not know the address or residence of the
14 defendant and has not been able to ascertain the same after
15 reasonable and due inquiry and search for at least fifteen days
16 either before or after the filing of the complaint, the court may
17 authorize notice of the pendency of the action and of a time and
18 place of hearing, which shall not be less than twenty days after
19 the last publication of the published notice, to be given to the
20 defendant by publication thereof at least once in each of three
21 successive weeks in a newspaper suitable for the advertisement of
22 notices of judicial proceedings, published in the State, and the
23 case may be heard and determined at or after the time specified
24 in the notice.

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 1      (e)  If the plaintiff, as a result of impoverishment, is
 2 unable to publish notice as required by subsection (d), the
 3 plaintiff shall file an affidavit attesting to impoverishment and
 4 to the fact that after due and diligent search, the whereabouts
 5 of the individual sought to be served are unknown.  Upon those
 6 filings, the court shall order that service be made by forwarding
 7 a certified copy of the pleadings and process to the individual
 8 at the last known address by registered or certified mail, with a
 9 return receipt requested and a directive to deliver to addressee
10 only.  Service shall be completed thirty days after mailing.  The
11 plaintiff shall attest to the fact of the mailing and the date
12 thereof by affidavit, attaching the sender's receipt for that
13 mail and, if available, the return receipt and envelope."
14      SECTION 2.  New statutory material is underscored.
15      SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.