The Neill Group is a Wellington based legal process server with over 30 years of experience serving legal documents in the Wellington region and throughout New Zealand. The Neill Group operates New Zealand’s largest nationwide network of legal process servers covering every district and region of New Zealand.

The Neill Group serves all New Zealand and international legal documents, including district court, high court, family court and employment court legal proceedings along with dissolution of marriage, protection orders, court summonses, demand notices, trespass notices, charging documents, subpoenas and time-critical documents that require personal service by a process server.

A number of The Neill Group’s nationwide network of legal process servers are also licensed as private investigators with decades of experience providing a range of private investigation, tracing and intelligence gathering services to assist in locating debtors, defendants and people of interest.

Our highly experienced legal process servers in the greater Wellington region and throughout New Zealand serve legal documents on behalf of government departments, law enforcement agencies, legal firms, debt collection company’s and private individuals.

The widespread nature of our process servers, allows us to have a detailed knowledge of local geography and the individuals who are the subject to legal proceedings, this insight provides a beneficial edge in carrying out your instructions with a high degree of efficiency using decades of gathered intelligence.

The serving of legal documents can prove challenging when the defendant is actively avoiding service. When this is the case, employing a professional and experienced process server is the best option to ensure the defendant is served in accordance with court and legal requirements.

At The Neill Group, clients can monitor every step of the document service process with the most advanced online real time technology available, this live from the field technology provides accurate reporting on all service related activities providing transparency across all document serving assignments, click below to view an introduction to ServeManager.

What is a Process Server?

A process server is a legal document server who specialises in the serving of district court, family court, employment court and high court proceedings, also known as legal process. Process servers are authorised to serve legal documents on a recipient, defendant or entity named in New Zealand or international legal proceedings.

In New Zealand, legal process servers often also work as private investigators with a para-legal, law enforcement or military background. According to the rules of serving legal process, all parties must be notified by personal service when they are subject to legal proceedings.

The notification of these proceedings is called the ‘service of process’ and is achieved by personally delivering the notice of legal proceedings, court documents and other important information relating to a legal matter by a process server.

The process server is required to serve the legal documents in accordance with the relevant legislation. This means, identifying the individual or parties concerned and personally delivering the documents.

If service is refused, the documents can be left at the defendants feet or left in clear view of the defendant, they are then formally served in accordance with the requirements of the courts.

Orders for substituted service will be granted on application by the court when it’s proven to be impossible to personally serve the individual in the usual manner, this typically occurs when the individual actively avoids service or cannot be located.

Once the order is granted, service can then be made by serving a family member, friend, business associate, occupants of the address and/or advertising the matter in the public notices column of a national newspaper or in some cases, the Facebook social media website.

In 2009, the New Zealand High Court ruled that substituted service can be effectively served on a defendant or other party via their Facebook page.

Posting on a recipient’s Facebook page is a permissible means of substituted service if evidence establishes that the Facebook page is that of the person to be served and that posting on the page is most likely to come to that person’s attention (reference: CIV-2008-485-2676, High Court Wellington, 16 March 2009, Gendall AJ). 

Legal Document Serving (Service of Legal Process) 

The highly experienced legal process servers of The Neill Group have over 30 years of experience serving all New Zealand and international court proceedings, dissolution of marriage (divorce documents) and time-critical documents across the greater Wellington region and throughout New Zealand, including, but not limited to:

  • Appeal Court Proceedings
  • Statutory Demand Notices
  • District Court Proceedings
  • Trespass Notices
  • Employment Court Proceedings
  • Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce Proceedings)
  • Family Court Proceedings
  • Witness Summonses
  • High Court Proceedings
  • Protection Orders
  • Insolvency Documents
  • Court Subpoenas
  • Property Law Act Notices
  • Court Enforced Judgements
  • Orders for Examination
  • Parental Orders
  • Bankruptcy Notices
  • Employment Documents
  • Infringement Notices
  • Tenancy Orders
  • Eviction Notices
  • Disconnection Notices
  • International Legal Process
  • Charging Documents for Government Agencies

Areas of Service 

The Neill Group are based in Wellington with a strategic network of nationwide licensed private investigators, legal process servers (document servers), field agents, security specialists and repossession agents in every district and region of New Zealand, including:

Northland, Whangarei, Auckland, Wellsford, Warkworth, Orewa, Albany, Takapuna, Mangere, Manurewa, Pukekohe, Coromandel Peninsular, Thames, Waihi, Whangamata, Whitianga, Waikato, Hamilton, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Huntly, Morrinsville, Matamata, Putaruru, Tokoroa, Otorohanga, King Country, Taumarunui, Te Kuiti, Waitomo, Bay of Plenty, Tauranga, Te Puke, Whakatane, Kawerau, Opotiki, Rotorua, Taupo, Turangi, Murupara, East Cape, Gisborne, Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay, Ruatoria, Te Kaha, Taranaki, Wanganui, New Plymouth, Stratford, Hawera, Waitara, Inglewood, Manawatu, National Park, Waiouru, Taihape, Palmerston North, Marton, Bulls, Feilding, Ashhurst, Foxton, Horowhenua, Levin, Otaki, Kapiti, Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Paekakariki, Wellington, Plimmerton, Porirua, Tawa, Johnsonville, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Wainuiomata, Hawkes Bay, Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, Havelock, Waipukurau, Dannevirke, Wairarapa: Featherston, Pahiatua, Masterton, Carterton, Greytown, Tasman, Nelson, Blenheim, Picton, Motueka, West Coast, Westport, Greymouth, Hokitika, Wanaka, Queenstown, Twizel, Alexander, Te Anau, Canterbury, Christchurch, Kaikoura, Ashburton, Southland, Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin, Invercargill, Balclutha, Mossburn, Gore.