5.02 (1) Where a document is to be served personally, the service shall be made
(a) on an individual, other than a person under disability, by leaving a copy of the document with the individual;
(b) on any corporation, by leaving a copy of the document with an officer, director or agent of the corporation, or with a person at any place of business of the corporation who appears to be in control or management of the place of business;
Judge or Justice
(c) on any judge or justice, by leaving a copy of the document with the judge or justice, or with a person in charge of the court office in the region, district, county or group of counties where the adjudication was made;
Attorney General of Canada
(d) on the Attorney General of Canada, by leaving a copy of the document with the regional office of the Attorney General of Canada at Toronto, the office of the Attorney General of Canada at Ottawa or the office of the prosecutor retained by the Attorney General of Canada having carriage of the proceedings; and,
Attorney General of Ontario
(e) on the Attorney General of Ontario, by leaving a copy of the document at the office of the Crown Attorney in the region, district, county or group of counties where the adjudication was made, or at the Crown Law Office (Criminal Law) of the Ministry of the Attorney General.
(2) A person effecting personal service of a document need not produce the original document or have it in his or her possession.
Alternatives to Personal Service
5.03 (1) Where these rules or an order of the court permit service by an alternative to personal service, service shall be made in accordance with this rule.
Acceptance of Service by Solicitor
(2) Service on a party who has a solicitor may be made by leaving a copy of the document with the solicitor, or an employee in the solicitor’s office, but service under this subrule is effective only if the solicitor endorses on the document or a copy of it an acceptance of service and the date of acceptance.
(3) By accepting service the solicitor shall be deemed to represent to the court that the solicitor has the authority of his or her client to accept service.
Service by Mail to Last Known Address
(4) Service of a document may be made by sending a copy of the document together with an acknowledgment of receipt card (Form 6) by mail to the last known address of the person to be served, but service by mail under this subrule is effective:
(a) only if the acknowledgment of receipt card or a post office receipt bearing a signature that purports to be the signature of the person to be served is received by the sender; and,
(b) on the date on which the sender first receives either receipt, signed as provided by clause (a).
Service at Place of Residence
(5) Where an attempt is made to effect personal service at a person’s place of residence and for any reason personal service cannot be effected, the document may be served by:
(a) leaving a copy, in a sealed envelope addressed to the person, at the place of residence with anyone who appears to be an adult member of the same household; and,
(b) on the same day or the following day mailing another copy of the document to the person at the place of residence,
and service in this manner is effective on the fifth day after the document is mailed.
Service on a Corporation
(6) Where the head office or principal place of business of a corporation cannot be found at the last address recorded with the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations, service may be made on the corporation by mailing a copy of the document to the corporation at that address.
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