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Congratulations to the 2017 New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association Board

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Congratulations to the 2017 New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association Board.

The new board was elected on February 18th, 2017 at the NJPPSA meeting at Maggiano’s in Cherry Hill, NJ.

The board for the upcoming year is:

President: Amanda Sexton
Vice-President: Michael Doyle
Treasurer: Ethel Smith
Secretary: Analise Ezparza
Board of Directors:
Bernard Hughes
Kevin Robbins
Brian Zavodnick

2017 New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association Board

 

Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing what NJPPSA accomplishes in 2017.

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New Jersey Looks to Eliminate Affidavits of Service

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While our last post focused on the issue of e-filing affecting messenger service, there is also the potential for process servers to be impacted by e-filing. Within the state of New Jersey, process servers are looking to gain access to the e-filing system, participate in the electronic filing of proofs and to be able to submit e-signatures along with the proofs.

The New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association (NJPPSA) submitted comments on April 30th, 2013 meeting the deadline of May 1st for comments on proposed amendments to R. 1:32-2A.  By having the ability to electronically sign and file proofs of service, process servers will be able to reduce this cost while offering an additional valuable service to their clients.

The comments submitted by NJPSPA would save considerable time and expenses for process servers and their clients. The ultimate goal in obtaining the ability to e-file proofs of service would be to eliminate affidavits which require notarization and instead move to certifications, which do not require a notary. Both affidavits and certifications require the server to attest to the fact that all statements included are correct under the penalty of perjury.

Eliminating the need for notarization would mean proofs of service could be scanned in by a server then e-filed with the court utilizing their assigned electronic signature.  Particularly for process serving companies with a large volume and servers who work outside of the office, this move would help reduce the amount of time needed to complete services and reduce costs. Rather than having to wait for the affidavit to be notarized and wait for it to be mailed back to the office, the server could in theory file the certification immediately after service was effectuated.

Have you had any experience with e-filing in your state? How has it impacted your business or procedures?

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Results of the NJPPSA Emergency Meeting

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On April 4th the New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association held an emergency meeting to discuss proposed Rule 1:32-2A and what comments NJPPSA would submit in response.

The primary discussion centered around process servers having access to electronic signatures and the ability to e-file affidavits which would eliminate the need to have affidavits notarized. Instead process servers would have a registered e-signature which they could then use to electronically sign and file all affidavits.

Comments are invited by the New Jersey Judiciary until May 1st. In the time prior to that it was decided upon by the members that comments should be submitted on behalf of process servers to request the ability to file affidavits electronically and have an e-signature. While the final wording of the comments has not been settled, a draft has been created. 

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New Jersey Process Server Rule Proposal

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Recently the New Jersey Association of Professional Process Servers (NJPPSA) submitted a proposal to the New Jersey courts regarding the registering of process servers.  Under this proposal it was recommended that a new category of “registered process server” be added to the current rules surrounding process service.  The proposal states “these recommendations are not intended to affect, nor diminish, those presently authorized to serve process pursuant to R. 4:4-3(a)”.

The recent rule change in September 2000 allowed for private individuals to serve initial process in the same way and manner as the sheriff and since then the use of private process servers has increased dramatically.  There is currently no way for legal professionals to be aware of the varied levels of experience, competence and integrity of the many individuals who joined the process serving industry once the rule was changed.  By having a list of registered process servers, it would serve to be in the best interests of the courts and legal professionals so they can better identify and select a qualifying process server.

Part of the requirements for becoming registered would include:

  • NJPPSA member in good standing
  • Attend the NJPPSA Certification Course
  • Certification under penalty of perjury that an applicant has not been committed of a crime
  • Proof of at least one year prior experience in serving subpoenas and civil process in the United States
  • Pass a written examination designed to demonstrate a working knowledge of the rules, statutes, practices and procedures for service of process within the State of New Jersey

Once registered, New Jersey process servers would receive uniform identification cards and have their names appear on a court published registry.

Verbal confirmation has been received that this proposal has been denied but we have yet to receive anything in writing from the courts.  Had the proposal been approved it would have been a great way to distinguish those process severs who “are of a good moral character, free of criminal records, adhere to high professional and ethical standards, are educated, and able to demonstrate a knowledge and proficiency in the service of process”.

NJPPSA will be challenging the denail in the upcoming months and we will keep you updated on the outcome.

 

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NJPPSA Happenings

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The president and one of the founders of the New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association is the owner of DGR, Jerry Colasurdo.

NJPPSA has been making strides in addressing bills and proposals to assist in the furthering of the process service industry as well as ensuring correct service in order to eliminate any potential cases of sewer service.  Recently NJPPSA has submitted our proposal for “Registered Process Servers” to the NJ Supreme Court, Civil Practice Committee and if approved process servers who complete the certification process may be listed on the New Jersey state website.  This legislation will go a long way toward ensuring that process servers are knowledgeable on all laws and rules surrounding service as well as reducing incidents of improper service.

On November 19th there was a seminar hosted by NJPPSA titled “How to Serve Civil Process in New Jersey” which taught process servers how to:
 
    Serve legal process in New Jersey according to applicable New Jersey court rules, statutes, and the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure.
 
   Serve New Jersey civil process in other jurisdictions.
 
   Serve civil process and subpoenas from other jurisdictions properly in New Jersey. 
 
   Avoid pitfalls and possible civil or criminal liabilities.
 
   Learn how to be designated a New Jersey Certified Process Server by the New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association (NJPPSA). 

NJPPSA has also had Larry Yellon, who is the president of both the New York State Professional Process Servers Association (NYSPPSA) and the National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS), in to speak at one of the meetings.  Larry discussed the changes within our industry as well as the new GPS requirements for New York process servers.

 

For more information or to join NJPPSA visit https://www.njppsa.org/.

 

 

 

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