Service of Lawsuit and Subpoena

Service of Lawsuit

Service of Lawsuit

Against the University: A lawsuit (i.e., a summons and complaint) that names the California State University, the CSU Board of Trustees, and/or an individual CSU campus as a defendant must be served at the California State University’s Office of General Counsel, located at 401 Golden Shore, Fourth Floor, in Long Beach, California. California State University, Sacramento employees do not have the authority to accept service of such lawsuits. Employees who are approached by a process server attempting to serve a lawsuit upon the University will not accept service and will instead direct the process server to the Office of General Counsel.

Additional information on the service of lawsuits is available on the Office of General Counsel's website.

Against an Individually Named Defendant: Individually named defendants in a lawsuit may be served at their work location on campus. If an individually named defendant is away from his or her work location when service is attempted, the process server will be advised to return at another time.

Service of Subpoenas

Subpoenas for University records or for the appearance of a University employee as a witness must be personally served and accompanied by any requisite fees. We are unable to respond to subpoenas that are sent via fax or mail.

For University Records: Subpoenas for University records should be addressed to the Custodian of Records for California State University, Sacramento and served at the Office of the President, Sacramento Hall, Room 220 (located on the California State University, Sacramento campus at 6000 J Street, Sacramento, California 95819). Process servers attempting to serve a subpoena for University records elsewhere on campus will be sent to this office.

For Appearance of a University Employee: As a general rule, subpoenas addressed to a particular person requesting personal appearance to testify as a witness can only be accepted by that person. However, in the following circumstances, service of an appearance subpoena may be achieved by delivering two copies of the subpoena to the Office of the President, Sacramento Hall, Room 220 (located on the California State University, Sacramento campus at 6000 J Street, Sacramento, California 95819):

  • When a University peace officer is being subpoenaed to testify about an event or transaction that he or she witnessed or investigated in his or her role as a peace officer.
  • When a University employee is being subpoenaed to testify about expertise gained during the course of his or her duties.

University employees who are being subpoenaed to testify about something they perceived while at work or personal matters must be individually served.

For questions about the service of subpoenas at California State University, Sacramento, please call 916-278-6940 during business hours. Additional information on the service of subpoenas is also available on the Office of General Counsel's website.