Procedures for Metro Atlanta Court appointments for 2013 (as of 2/6/13)
Clayton State / Superior: Effective July 1, 2013, Clayton State and Superior will require that all 2013 process servers be “certified”. The application period is closed for the year and those that currently have appointments, will have to send in proof of certification by July 1, 2013 to remain on the list – other information may be found on their website: http://www.claytoncountyga.gov/courts/court-administration/permanent-process-servers.aspx
Cobb Superior: Procedure will be the same as last year. Documents may be found on their website: http://sca.cobbcountyga.gov/court_programs.htm#permanent-process
Cobb State: Procedure will be the same as last year: Court will appoint for the year with a certified copy of your 2013 Superior Court Order and paying a $10 fee.
DeKalb Superior: Chief Judge Gregory Adams is appointing process servers on an annual basis if one has taken the 12 hour pre-certification education. The application may be found on a separate post on this website.
Dekalb State: As of, January 17, 2013 – one may serve out of Dekalb State Court for the remainder of 2013 if you are first appointed in Dekalb Superior Court.
Fulton Superior: The Application period for 2013 is closed, but we have the specific requirements listed below:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Complete a Superior Court Fulton County Process Server Application
- Possess a valid Georgia Driver’s License*
- Completion of the Georgia Process Servers 12-Hour Pre-Certification Training in 2012
- Passed the Georgia Certified Process Server State Examination in 2012
- Submittal of a named-based criminal background check run within 2 weeks of application that shows you have not committed any serious criminal offenses**
- Must be endorsed by a member of the State Bar of Georgia in good standing, to have good character, honesty, and integrity
http://www.fultoncourt.org/programs/ps.php. Process Server applications for 2013 must be received no later than December 28, 2012.
Fulton State: Procedure is the same: they instituted 2 year appointments last year and that remains in effect. http://www.georgiacourts.org/courts/fulton/processserver.php
Fulton Magistrate: Effective for 2013, if you are appointed in Fulton Superior Court, you have been added to a list of approved Magistrate Court process servers, for all types of cases – dispossessories, small claims, etc.
Gwinnett State: Applications/renewal forms are on web-site and can be submitted anytime. Filing fee for 2013 will be $58 http://www.gwinnettcourts.com/home.asp#courtsjudges_state_permanentprocessserver/
Paulding Superior: Applications and instructions are in the following link: http://www.paulding.gov/index.aspx?NID=424
You will need to download the Criminal History Authorization Form (must submit to the Paulding Cty Sheriff), Process Server Application & Process Server Order.
This will be a two year appointment and you must have completed the Certification Training and Testing. At this time, we are not aware of a deadline nor has there been mention of a fee for the appointment.
posted by Jayne Rauser, Vice President