Illinois Bill Proposes Process Servers Wear Body Camera

Posted by | March 22, 2016 | Legislation/Bills | One Comment

process server body cameraWearing a body camera could become a requirement for process servers in Illinois.

A recently introduced bill would require process servers in counties with a population of 3,000,000 or more to wear a body camera while serving and record all attempts.

The bill, HB6327, also requires the process server to store the data until the case involving the service is fully adjudicated.

While currently only one county, Cook, has a population of more 3,000,000, if the bill is passed it could set a dangerous precedent.

The use of body cameras by law enforcement has always raised one primary budget concern – the cost associated with the organization and storing of data. For process servers, many of whom operate on a lower-scale budget, this requirement could prove to be an unbearable cost.

When the DCA implemented GPS requirements for services on NYC process servers, one effect was nearly 60% of process servers choosing not to renew their license in the two years following. The costs were simply too burdensome for many process servers to take on.

There is no doubt if body cameras were required in Illinois for process servers a similar effect would take place. This is unfortunate, as it eliminates healthy competition and reduces attorneys’ options.

The Illinois Association of Professional Process Servers (ILAPPS) has drafted points in opposition to the bill.  While the association determines next steps, ILAPPS is encouraging members to write to their elected officials in opposition to the bill.

To read the full bill click here.

To read ILAPPS’ submitted comments click here.

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  • Bob Pladek says:

    Police officers themselves have raised issues regarding body cameras. A PERF study (Police Executive Research Forum) in 2013 noted similar concerns “… such as privacy issues, officer and community concerns, data retention and public disclosure policies, and financial considerations. The costs of implementing body-worn cameras include not only the cost of the cameras, but also of any ancillary equipment (e.g., tablets that let officers tag data in the field), data storage and management, training, administration, and disclosure….”
    Thanks for the well-written article and heads-up!

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