D89 form: Application for service of petition by court bailiff

This is the official D89 form required to apply for service of a petition by a court bailiff.
Suitable for use in: England & Wales
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This set of documents includes everything you need to help you draft and print an application for bailiff service.

This form is suitable if you are a petitioner who haven’t received your husband’s or wife’s acknowledgement of service form within 3 weeks from the date the petition was sent to him or her. We suggest you check with the court that he or she hasn't sent it there before you apply for a bailiff.

If you are unsure of the process and whether this document might be suitable, we provide an overview of the divorce process.

The forms are regularly checked to make sure that they are up to date. The last change to the law that affected this form was in 2014 when the Family Procedure Rules were amended.

Application and features

  • Written in plain English – no legal jargon
  • Explanatory notes to guide you at every stage


  • Detailed guidance notes on completing and sending an application for bailiff service to the court
  • An example of a completed form for you to use as a model
  • An example letter to the court
  • A blank form for you to complete and print

This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current English law.

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