GAPPS Responds To Supreme Court Decision

By now, all of you are aware of the Supreme Court’s Decision in which the Court found that the sheriffs have complete authority to prohibit certified process servers from serving process in their respective counties as certified process servers.   The Court specifically found that their decision does not affect those with “Permanent” and “Special” Appointments from the courts. Sheriffs have no authority over those with such appointments.   The Court did not address the issue of when a certified process server is serving papers in a county other than the county for which the papers have been filed.   The Court’s Decision does not affect the service of papers from other states. As certified process servers we may continue to serve out-of-state papers. Nor does it affect service of subpoenas.   So, the question is where do we go from here. I have been in contact with our attorneys for their suggestions. I have also requested a meeting with House Judiciary Chairman Wendell Willard to discuss the matter.   There are other ideas that we are considering, and I am sure that our members have ideas. It is crucial that we come up with a plan of action that will be supported by the membership.

I am therefore calling a Special Meeting of the membership for the purpose of designing a plan of action in response to the Supreme Court Decision.

WHEN:           NOVEMBER 4, 2017 AT 4:00 P.M.

WHERE:         MANUEL MALOOF AUDITORIUM   1300 COMMERCE DRIVE, DECATUR, GA

The topics for discussion will be actions to be taken in light of the Supreme Court Decision; The entry of another provider of pre-certification classes and its effect on GAPPS; the Board’s schism; and, other matters as raised by the membership.   Please confirm your attendance as refreshments will be provided.

This shall also constitute notice that, pursuant to Article VIII of the Association’s Bylaws, a Board of Directors Meeting shall be conducted at the same time and location.   All members and non-members who are certified process servers are invited.

Paul K. Tamaroff, President