On Thursday, April 29th, the Georgia Senate passed House Bill 545 with a vote of 46-0. Effective July 1, 2010, process servers who have attained their certification by taking 12 hours of courses and passing a test and who pass a criminal background check will be able to serve throughout the State of Georgia. They will be able to serve out of each court in each county without obtaining a motion and order. The Georgia Association of Professional Process Servers, of which I am currently serving as President, has been working on this bill since 2004. Attorneys will now have a choice of who they use to serve process throughout the state. Also with the passage of House Bill 1055, the sheriffs’ fees will be raised from $25.00 to $50.00 which more approximates the true cost to have a paper served. We look forward to now being able to serve throughout the state with little or no red tape involved from both the client and our perspective.
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