§3484. Mailing of process to deputy, constable, or marshal for service; mileage and mailing costs; sheriff not responsible for constable or marshal
When requested to do so by the party at whose instance service is to be made, and when the place where service is to be made is more than ten miles distant from the sheriff's office, the sheriff may mail the process to be served to one of his deputies, a constable of a justice of the peace court, or to a constable or marshal of a city court, living in the vicinity of the place where service is to be made, for such service. If service is made as authorized in this section, the serving deputy, constable, or marshal shall make the return showing the manner in which service was made, and mail it to the sheriff for filing in the issuing court.
When a party has requested service, as authorized in this section, whether the sheriff complies with the request or not, the only mileage for which the sheriff may charge is for the actual distance from the home or office, whichever is lesser, of the deputy, constable, or marshal to the place where service is to be made, and return. The sheriff may also charge the actual cost of mailing the process and return, if service is made as authorized in this section.
The sheriff is not responsible for the performance or nonperformance of duties in making the service and return thereon by the constable or marshal to whom the process is mailed for service.
Added by Acts 1960, No. 32, §6, eff. Jan. 1, 1961.