Posted October 19, 2012 in General
The National Association of Professional Process Servers supports the ServeNow campaign “Promoting Assault Awareness and Protective Regulation for Servers (PAAPRS)“. As the Member of the NAPPS Board of Directors, President of PSACO, owner of a process serving company and a process server, safety for the individuals who choose to serve papers is very important to me and my fellow Board Members. Without private process servers the court system would become backlogged. Effecting service of process is an important step in protecting one’s right to “Due Process”, the defendant’s right to fundamental fairness and justice in the judicial system.
Some defendants would prefer service never be effected, hoping the case will just go away. Once served, they take their frustration out on the server, most times it is just angry words. More frequently those words are being replaced with verbal threats and more often than in the past process servers are being assaulted or menaced. Taking your frustrations out on the messenger, is not nor will it ever be a viable solution for being served.
The PAAPRS campaign is designed to track menacing and assault of process servers and calls for those who menace or assault process servers, be charge with a felony, as a consequence of their actions, in all 50 states.
Felony as a consequence, will not stop assaults or menacing against those who serve papers. Passage of laws protecting process servers along with media coverage of the law could save someone’s life or prevent serious injury.
If you are the victim of menacing or assault as a process server, you need to file a police report, contact your local process server’s association and then enter your assault or menace in the PAAPRS database. This database will be used by Process Server Associations across the United States to address their legislature, requesting they protect process servers as the protect police officers and emergency medical technicians for assault or menacing.
Online petition, help make assault or menace of a process server a felony in all 50 states.
PAAPRS Badges available at the link above
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