Thanks to the 65+ folks that attended the GAPPS conference and continuing education seminar this past Saturday.
We had some great speakers, vendors and a good time was had by all.
The 2016 Board of Directors is now published on the site and are:
Robin Martinelli – President
Deb Duchon – Vice President
Elizabeth Smith – Treasurer
Lathan Nichols – Secretary
Paul Tamaroff – Director
Jayne Rauser – Director
John Byer – Director
Curvin Self – Director
Please watch website soon for a list of committees – we’ll be seeking volunteers to help with these areas and would love to have the assistance of more members to strengthen our association.
Thanks, your 2016 GAPPS board
The dates for both the 12 hr class for process server Pre-Certification and also the 5 hr Continuing Education in 2015 have been set!
The 12 hour Pre-Certification classes will be held on 2 weekends during the year:
August 22 and August 23
October 10 and October 11
All training classes will again be held at Maloof Building in Decatur, GA. and you may sign up on our Education Page
These dates have been chosen as to coincide with the State Test for Certification >given by the AOC* (in dowtown Atlanta)
*AOC Test dates for 2015 are in process of being set and will follow the class dates
Additional information about AOC state testing may be found by following this link: http://process-server.gaaoc.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14&Itemid=14
The Continuing Education Dates for 2015 are as follows:
So you want to be a process server symposium
Saturday June 27, 2015 – This is a first time class for folks who have never served a paper. It will be held in downtown Decatur, the cost is $99 and will cover what a process server is and does, the role of the process server in the legal system, types of process, documents served, who may serve, obstacles to consider before becoming a server, how get in the business among other topics.
Join us for this 5 hour course and you will discover if process serving is something you want to pursue and what the next step is. Watch our site for sign up details, etc.
Director and Training Coordinator
Please find attached an article from today’s Fulton County Daily report.
FDR.3.18.15.Sheriffs Can Ignore
As this article created some confusion about whether or not private process servers are able to continue serving papers in Georgia. Please find attached 2 different explanations which be of benefit to you and your clients.
What’s Next? NAPPS Website.3.19.15Letter to Editor.3.19.15.RobinMartinelli
Our conference will again take place at Dave & Busters at 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Ste 441, Lawrenceville GA on March 7, 2015. The fee for members remains at $99 which includes a continental breakfast, beverages, snacks & heavy hors devours.
Here is the list of speakers/topics for this years conference:
Ray Giudice, Esq a criminal defense attorney who is nationally known, respected and a frequent guest on CBS Atlanta.
Laurie Attaway, CPA who will speak about accounting tips for your small business.
Muhsin Hassan, a certified process server will speak about being a good witness for your client when asked to testify in court.
Rod McClellan a certified process server will speak about when to hire additional servers and how to get the right fit for your business.
Please click on the link below to register:
Please find attached a copy of the 2015 DeKalb State Order.
Please find attached the Fulton State Order for 2015!
2015 Process Server Order
HENRY COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT RESCINDS APPOINTMENTS
Today’s Fulton County Daily Report announced that former Murray County Magistrate Bryant Cochran was convicted of six felony charges involving the orchestration of the false arrest of a woman who was testifying against him in a state ethics investigation. What has this to do with the announcement by the Henry County Magistrate Court that all appointments will be rescinded on January 1, 2015? Read on!
Recently, one of our members was served by the Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy with an Order to appear in court to Show Cause why her Magistrate Court appointment should not be rescinded. There was no petition or complaint with the Show Cause Order; nothing that would suggest what conduct she was being accused of that would warrant the service of such an Order. She appeared before State Court Judge Ben W. Studdard III and Magistrate Martin Jones and was presented with copies of affidavits of service she had performed. She was informed that each affidavit reflected that she had served the defendant at an address different from the address shown on the summons. This, according to Magistrate Jones was suspicious. He added that he had been told by unidentified persons that they were in fact not served with lawsuits for which affidavits of service had been filed. No petition or complaint containing any such allegations was presented.The hearing was rescheduled to December 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.
Director Paul Tamaroff appeared with our member as her attorney at the designated time. Magistrate Jones was in attendance for the hearing before Judge Studdard. When Judge Studdard asked him to present the defense Director Tamaroff noted that a defense could not be presented since there were no allegations to defend against. The affidavits raising Magistrate Jones’ concern were signed under oath by the member and if she were to testify, she would again state that the papers were served at the addresses shown on the affidavits. Magistrate Jones offered that he had been told by several witnesses they had not been served. Director Tamaroff responded that no statements from any witnesses alleging improper service had been presented; that the law required such evidence to be “the strongest of which the nature of the case would allow.” When asked where the witnesses were, Magistrate Jones replied that his office could not locate the witnesses. Director Tamaroff argued that it simply was not fair to require a process server to appear pursuant to a Show Cause Order and testify against allegations that were not properly alleged, much less provided under oath. Judge Studdard agreed and dismissed the Show Cause Order.
On December 11, the Magistrate Court issued its notice that all appointments will be rescinded January 1, 2015. The timing of the notice is quite suspicious. If the Magistrate Court was planning to rescind all appointments, Magistrate Jones would have had advance knowledge. Knowing that the appointments were to be rescinded, what was the purpose in requiring our member to appear and show cause why her appointment should not be rescinded? It begs the question as to whether this action rescinding everyone’s appointment was in retaliation for our process server’s defense.
Deb Duchon, President
Please click below for the Application for DeKalb Superior for next year.
DEKALB APP 2015
I have been informed by Kim Hicks today (11/18/14) that she will not be mailing out the renewal notices this year. You can access the renewal form on the Cobb Superior website or just click on the link provided in the email that was sent yesterday.
Please click on link below that will direct you to an article from the Fulton County Daily Report that was published on November 13, 2014.
Article from 11/13/14 Fulton County Daily Report Re: GAPPS v. GA Sheriff’s