State of Hawaii v. Trump
CIVIL Waiver of Service Packet ~ Notice to Parties Regarding Service Pursuant to Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures. (Attachments: # 1 AO 398 Notice of Lawsuit and Request to Waive Service of Summons, # 2 AO 399 Waiver of Service of Summons) (emt, )
NOTICE TO PARTIES
REGARDING SERVICE PURSUANT TO RULE 4
OF THE FEDERAL RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE
WAIVER OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS
Rule 4(d) provides that a plaintiff may request that a defendant waive personal service of the
complaint and summons, as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(e)(2), by notifying the defendant
that an action has been commenced and requesting that the defendant waive personal service
of the summons and accept service of the complaint by mail.
To request such a waiver, a plaintiff may send a notice of the commencement of an action,
titled “Notice of a Lawsuit and Request to Waive Service of a Summons” (AO398 form), a
“Waiver of the Service of Summons” (AO399 form), and a copy of the endorsed complaint
to the defendant by first class or certified mail. The plaintiff must also provide a prepaid
means for the defendant to return the waiver form.
EFFECT OF WAIVER OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS
When the defendant timely signs the waiver of service of summons and it is filed with the
court, the action proceeds as if service of the summons and complaint had been personally
made, rather than by mail. By agreeing to waive service of the summons, the defendant is
allowed sixty  days to file an answer to the complaint, as calculated from the date the
notice and request for waiver of service was sent, rather than the twenty  days allowed
after personal service is effected. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(3) and Rule 12(a)(1)(B). The
defendant does not waive any objection to venue or jurisdiction of the court over the
person by agreeing to waive service of the summons.
If a waiver is not timely returned, or a defendant refuses to waive service, plaintiff is required
to serve the summons and complaint as specified in Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c) and 4(e). A
defendant who fails to waive service of summons after a proper request has been made will
be assessed the costs incurred to effect personal service on that defendant. See Fed. R. Civ.
Copies of the “Notice of a Lawsuit and Request to Waive Service of a Summons” (AO398), and the
“Waiver of the Service of Summons” (AO399), are available from the Clerk of the United States
District Court for the District of Hawaii and on the court’s website: http://www.hid.uscourts.gov.
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