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Good afternoon. It does not appear that was done. It is likely that the hearing date was set ahead of time and they would have needed to appear to show efforts made to serve the Defendant. If court was cancelled because of Irma, the dates should be reset and a new date to appear would be set.
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Substitute service would be serving someone who is 18 or over at the residence, who resides there. That could happen the first time they try to serve the defendant. It would be publishing on them, which would result if good faith efforts have been made to serve them and they can not be found. The Judge would allow this.
No, substitute service would be in a situation whereby the defendant was not home but a spouse or a roommate or someone else who lives there was. They could be served the summons and complaint. No motion needs to be filed for that to happen.
Left at the door is not served upon an actual person. It would be up to the Judge to decide if leaving the summons and complaint was proper, since there is no evidence to show the person received it and is on notice, which is the point of service. I think by motion they may have meant affidavit, advising that there was substitute service.
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