138. The judge or clerk may, on motion, if the circumstances so require, authorize a mode of service other than those provided by articles 120, 122, 123 and 130, particularly by public notice or by mail, unless such last mode is already authorized by the said articles.
The judge or clerk may also, upon inspecting the certificate of the person who has attempted to make the service, authorize him to serve the proceeding otherwise than in the manner provided in articles 123 and 130. The authorization must appear on the original of the certificate, which must then be filed in the office of the court. An entry of the authorization must be made on the copies of the written proceeding to be served. However, where the attempt to effect service was made by a bailiff or a sheriff and was recorded in his certificate, the bailiff or sheriff may, without authorization, serve the proceeding by leaving on the premises a copy of the written proceeding intended for the addressee.
Any authorization under this article may be obtained in the district of the place in which the written proceeding is served, if such district is not that in which the proceeding was issued.
1965 (1st sess.), c. 80, a. 138; 1966, c. 21, s. 8; 1975, c. 83, s. 15; 1983, c. 28, s. 2; 1992, c. 57, s. 420; 1997, c. 42, s. 4.