Certificate of Service

Today I received an order from the court notifying me that my opponent’s motion to dismiss my complaint was denied.  Only problem is that I never received a copy of the motion.

Since I won anyway, and my opponent is not a lawyer and she is representing herself, I am not going to complain.

I did let her know, however, that she must mail or deliver a copy to me of any future pleadings she files, so that I will have an opportunity to respond.

Maryland Rule 1-321 says in part “Service…shall be made by delivery of a copy or by mailing it.”

And Maryland Rule 1-323 provides in part:

“The clerk shall not accept for filing any pleading or other paper requiring service, other than an original pleading, unless it is accompanied by an admission or waiver of service or a signed certificate showing the date and manner of making service.”

If you are a do-it-yourselfer, don’t forget to mail a copy to the other side and put a certificate of service on the pleading you file with the court.