PROCESS SERVER SAFETY
RULES OF THE ROAD
Being a Process Server isn’t like any other job, it has a component of unseen authority. However the authority is not passed on to the Process Server, it exist in the performance of the execution of service. Around the country, Process Servers everywhere are discovering unique ways to deal with obscure circumstance to executing service. As a reminder, effective service gives the Judge the Jurisdiction and Authority to hear the case. Without it, the case can not be heard and no disposition or verdict can be given. In my opinion, this makes the Process Server job significantly unique.
Besides the Private Process Server, the US Marshal, the Sheriff and the Constable conducts Service of Process as-well. Most Process Servers need to be thankful that this is still a process that the Marshal, Sheriff and Constable continues to provide. I say this because, if service of process was left up to just the Private Process Server, no one would ever come to the door. This is for those process servers who wear the badges around their neck or uniforms. We all know your reasons for doing so, but the truth is that those with badges and/or ID Cards are far more successful than those without. In this case deception sells…
10 RULES OF THE ROAD FOR PROCESS SERVERS
- Be honest about what you are doing – Process Serving.
- If you wear a badge, be sure that it states your title and company. The same holds true for patches as well.
- Don’t argue with anyone about the documents that you are delivering. Confrontation puts you in a bad light with Police Officers that may show up on the scene.
- If you have a confrontation, be sure to contact the Police Dispatcher and explain your position fully. Remember to provide them with the cases number of the documents that you are serving.
- Always keep documents and ID Card on your person, not for the Defendant, but for the Authorities.
- Be courteous and professional at all times with the Defendant. They are Citizens like you that deserve respect.
- Become familiar with the Officers in the area where you serve. I understand that they think of Process Servers as wannabe nuisances, however, when a call goes out about a trespasser or intruder on a property, and they show up, they will be more inclined to help you than harm you.
- Be sure to always do your due diligence and document everything. Get yourself a fast responding camera or cell phone.
- Get yourself a spot-light that can be mounted on your car for safety at night.
- Do not identify yourself as Deputy, Officer, Constable or Marshal. That is considered impersonation. I use the term COURT SERVICES!
THE WILL OF THE COURT MUST BE DONE… Stay safe.