4734.48 Service of process - procedure for discovery.

(A) For purposes of enforcing this chapter, the state chiropractic board or any of its members, the board's executive director, and any person authorized by the board to serve as the executive director's representative may do any of the following:

(1) Serve and execute any process issued by any court regarding the practice of chiropractic and serve and execute any papers or process issued by the board or any officer or member of the board;

(2) Administer oaths, propound interrogatories, order the taking of depositions, compel by subpoena that witnesses appear and testify, and compel by subpoena duces tecum the production of books, accounts, papers, records, documents, or other tangible objects. If a person fails to cooperate in an interrogatory or deposition or fails to comply with a subpoena or subpoena duces tecum, the board may apply to the court of common pleas of Franklin county for an order compelling the person to cooperate in the interrogatory or deposition or to comply with the subpoena or subpoena duces tecum or, for failure to do so, be held in contempt of court. The board shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code establishing procedures to be followed in taking the actions authorized under division (A)(2) of this section, including procedures regarding payment for and service of subpoenas.

(3) File with a judge or clerk of a court of record, or with a magistrate, an affidavit charging a person with committing a violation of any provision of this chapter or the rules adopted under it. For purposes of this division, the person filing the affidavit is a peace officer who is authorized to file an affidavit under section 2935.09 of the Revised Code.

(B) Any process, paper, or other document served under this chapter by the board, a board member, the executive director, or an authorized representative of the executive director may be served by personal service, residence service, or certified mail. Service may be made at the intended recipient's usual place of business. If attempts at service by personal service, residence service, or certified mail are unsuccessful, service may be made as follows:

(1) By ordinary mail. If the process, paper, or other document that is mailed is not returned by the United States postal service, service on the intended recipient is deemed to have occurred on the tenth day after the mailing.

(2) By publication of a notice in any newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the intended recipient's last known residential or business address is located.

Cite as R.C. § 4734.48

History. Effective Date: 04-10-2001