Florida Process Servers Lose Ability to Serve in One of Largest Counties

By August 26, 2014 One Comment

Florida process servers received some shocking news last week. Effective December 31st, 2014, private process servers in Orange County, Florida will lose the right to serve. The Sheriff’s Department has already started to phase out the Special Process Server program.

Florida Statute 48.02 allows Sheriffs within counties to approve individuals to be private process servers, but the Orange County Sheriff, Jerrry L. Demings, has led the decision to discontinue the program in his county. Private process servers can still be designated by attorneys through a motion.

In an e-mail to the Florida Association of Private Process Servers (FAPPS) members, Lance Randall, President of FAPPS, reassures members that the organization is committed to remedy the situation.

“Rest assured, we are not taking this matter lightly and will continue to strive to achieve the best possible results for not just our process serving members, but for all process servers in Orange County, FL.” – Lance Randall, FAPPS President

The Florida Association of Private Process Servers (FAPPS) has put together a meeting to hear the views of private process servers in Orange County in order to help determine a plan of action.

The meeting details are as follows:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 6:00 p.m.
Hyatt Place Orlando Airport
5435 Forbes Place
Orlando, FL 32812
(407) 816-7800
Meeting Place 1-3

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  • I am very disappointed in this report for Orange county Florida process servers no longer being able to serve legal documents. This is going to put tax paying citizens out of work. I am in Michigan and I can’t tell you how many people here hire the County Sheriff to server here and then have to hire my company to serve the documents. The first thing that happens the sheriff pulls up in there patrol vehicle and the person just won’t answer the door. They do not want to talk to the sheriff and I can get the door open and they will talk to me. The problem that is going to happen is these papers just are not going to get served!

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