2005 Connecticut Code - Sec. 52-54. Service of summons.

      Sec. 52-54. Service of summons. The service of a writ of summons shall be made by the officer reading it and the complaint accompanying it in the hearing of the defendant or by leaving an attested copy thereof with him or at his usual place of abode. When service is made by leaving an attested copy at the defendant's usual place of abode, the officer making service shall note in his return the address at which such attested copy was left.

      (1949 Rev., S. 7773; 1967, P.A. 91.)

      History: 1967 act required officer making service to make note of address where attested copy was left if service is made by leaving copy at defendant's usual place of abode.

      Copy may be left at the house of a convict who is in prison. 11 C. 234. Attachment may be served as a summons. 1 R. 54; id., 128. Married woman could not accept service under former law; 3 C. 258; nor an attorney, without special authority. 1 R. 406; 28 C. 563. In suits against joint debtors, each must be served. 4 C. 426. Suits take effect from the time of their service upon the defendant, not from the date of process. 41 C. 485. Officer cannot use force merely to identify the person to be served. 49 C. 64. Officer must personally sign return on copy left with defendant. Id., 248. A nonresident defendant attending trial here is privileged from the service of process upon him by summons in a civil action; 51 C. 595; so is a nonresident coming here to testify; 82 C. 589. One illegally brought within precinct of officer. 85 C. 333. Temporary presence of one in jurisdiction ordinarily is sufficient. 27 C. 9; 67 C. 104. No service of writ of summons is valid unless accompanied by complaint. 97 C. 400. Meaning of "usual place of abode". 92 C. 57; 105 C. 569. Purpose of requirement is to insure actual notice. 108 C. 16. Nonresident defendant in a criminal action is not exempt from service of process, even though brought within jurisdiction by force. 102 C. 13. Service of civil process on defendant fraudulently induced to come within its reach. 99 C. 98. Facts held to show no such fraud. Id. Service by leaving writ in common hall of two-family house is void. 108 C. 13. Cited. 178 C. 472, 479; 182 C. 14, 17. Cited. 195 C. 191, 197. Cited. 212 C. 157, 163.

      Cited. 5 CA 556, 559.

      Unattested copy of writ left at abode of defendant not proper service; defect may be waived by general appearance. 1 CS 73. Proper method of raising issue of improper service is by motion to dismiss or motion to erase. 2 CS 105. Compared with section 52-62. Id., 134. Cited. 4 CS 138; 11 CS 262. "Usual place of abode" is connotative of residence only and not domicile. 8 CS 293. Service of writ and complaint was sufficient where it was inserted under the locked front door of the usual place of abode. 10 CS 365. Service upon defendant domiciled within the state but absent from state at time of service is sufficient for a personal judgment. 15 CS 18. What constitutes "usual place of abode". 24 CS 324. Application to court to examine corporate records must be made by writ, summons and complaint. 25 CS 253. Service made at apartment house is insufficient, must be made at individual apartment in order to be valid. 29 CS 93. Service in motor vehicle civil actions is not completely covered by this statute. Id., 227. Cited. 33 CS 554, 557, 558. Cited. Id., 678. Cited. 40 CS 243, 245. Cited. 41 CS 367, 369, 373. Cited. 43 CS 10, 11.

      Cited. 3 Conn. Cir. Ct. 320. In action commenced before effective date of amendment, failure of officer to note in his return the address at which abode service was made not ground for abatement. 4 Conn. Cir. Ct. 468, 470, 471.


Disclaimer: These codes may not be the most recent version. Connecticut may have more current or accurate information. We make no warranties or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained on this site or the information linked to on the state site. Please check official sources.