To promote relations between the process serving profession, the legal community and the general public; to promote the legislative interests of the process serving profession; and, to promote the continuing education of process servers in Georgia to insure a thorough understanding of Georgia law and procedure as it pertains to service of process.
Beginning in November 2000, a small group of Georgia process servers met to discuss the situation facing private process servers in Georgia. Process servers had to be either permanently appointed by the courts to serve Georgia process, or be specially appointed for each paper to be served. Very few courts offered permanent appointments, so the procedure for attorneys to utilize the services of a private process server were very burdensome. The only education offered regarding service of process was “on-the-job training”. Although process servers are the first step in insuring due process for parties to lawsuits, there was no means established to insure process servers understood their due process obligations. It was agreed to establish procedures that would overcome these deficiencies, including the activation of GAPPS. Since that time, GAPPS has been the catalyst in developing strong ties between the legal community, including the courts and attorneys, as well as the legislature. GAPPS was instrumental in promoting the legislation that established the position of “Certified Process Server”, authorizing one in this position to serve process out of all Georgia Courts without further appointment. Pursuant to this legislation GAPPS had been designated as the only authorized provider of the twelve hours of certification training required before one may take the certification test and apply for certification. GAPPS process servers have worked closely with the Administrative Office of the Courts and Judicial Council to develop a certification program that insures that Certified Process Servers in Georgia are fully cognizant of the laws that govern process serving in Georgia and understand their professional responsibilities.