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|New Group Wants Tougher Laws for Assaults to Professional Process Servers
|(IRN)-The Illinois Association of Professional Process Servers, newly established, has three goals for the organization: Push for tougher penalties for attacking a process server; encourage mandatory training and certification for process servers; and, ask for uniform laws on the status of process servers.
IAPPS vice president Bill Clutter, who is a private investigator in Springfield, says anyone who is a process server knows that, at times, "It can be a risky occupation." He says one of his agents was nearly choked to death by a man who refused to accept service, and Clutter cites a case in Southern Illinois in which a man poked a server and shot into the air in order to scare her off his property. Clutter says state lawmakers should make it a felony to attack a process server, offering more of a deterrent than the current misdemeanor.
As for training and certification, Clutter says he's concerned about stories from other states that indicate that process servers are forging signatures, improperly serving summons, and losing documents. He says while private investigators are trained in the process, other servers are assigned by the courts and not thoroughly trained. He'd like lawmakers to require training and certification, which would be handled by Clutter's group.
Finally, Clutter wants every county to have the same rules on who can serve papers without a judge's approval. He says Cook County requires extra paper work that a judge must approve before a private investigator can serve papers. He says that will save time and effort.
IAPPS was officially launched last week. President Dan Schroeder said, "We want our agents to be courteous, professional, and above all, honest."
(Illinois Radio Network)
|11 09 10 by Newsroom
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