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
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Drew & The Gang
Please see Fulton County Daily Report two-page article covering our oral argument before the Supreme Court. Go to http://dailyreportonline.com and click on “Justices Mull Sheriffs’ ‘Conspiracy’ to Ban Private Process Servers.
Our 5th annual conference was a large success!
Congratulations to the newly elected Board of Directors:
Paul Tamaroff – President
Eric Echols- Vice President
Elizabeth Smith- Treasurer
Deb Duchon – Secretary
Muhsin Hassan – Director
Betsy Kidd – Director
Robin Martinelli – Director
Curvin Self – Director
We had close to 100 process servers in attendance, 2 special guests from NAPPS, 4 vendor/sponsors a delicious barbeque lunch and great marketing and fellowship with everyone.
There is much for the new board to take care of in the next year. Watch for communications about how you will be able to help with committees and making the association stronger and better.
Due to the amount of material/topics to discuss at the annual meeting of the board of directors, the meeting will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday March 18, 2017 (instead of 9 a.m. as previously scheduled). The Continuing Education portion of the day will still begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. (includes catered lunch).
Below is the rest of the information about the conference that has already been posted on the “Events” page
Join us in Decatur, GA on Saturday March 18, 2017 for our annual conference, followed by our Continuing Education Seminar.
Prior to the Continuing Education portion of the day, the annual conference / board meeting (which includes the election for all board positions) will begin at 8 a.m. (this is an updated time due to many topics to cover) and will conclude at 11 a.m. At 11 a.m., the Continuing Education Seminar will begin.
Once the new board is in place, committees will be established to further the work for your association – this is where every member can be involved.
For those attending the Continuing Education Seminar, Fox Bros. BBQ will be catering our lunch again this year.
The conference is a great time for you to network with other servers from across the state as well as visit vendors that will be set up.
Speakers to include:
Eric Vennes – NAPPS Director – “How you will be Affected by Compliance Standardization Requirements.”
Paul Tamaroff – GAPPS Director – Case law updates pertaining to Service of Process in Georgia
Process Server Roundtable – We will open up the floor to process server questions/comments pertaining to issues that come up when you’re in the field – one topic that has been requested for discussion is: “how to deal with trespass issues”.
The conference is still only $99!
Click on the link in Events to register!
2017 educational dates have been posted for the three 12-hour pre certification classes being offered this year. They coincide with the 2017 test dates announced by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). The test dates can be found on their website: http://ps.georgiacourts.gov/
We have the first 5-hour Continuing Education date set for Saturday March 18, 2017 – which also coincides with the Annual GAPPS board meeting. Get your CE done early in the year and out of the way.
The other two offerings for the 5 hour Continuing Education for 2017 have been posted.