Process servers have a job that would seem impervious to trouble, but it can be dangerous work, especially when some recipients become hostile, directing their anger toward the process server. When process servers are assaulted, the repercussions often fail to fit the crime. Not only are process servers just trying to do their job, they are also upholding constitutional rights by providing the defendant with due process. If we continue to allow process servers to be assaulted without serious repercussions, we are sending a message that constitutional rights don’t matter, and that is simply not true. Process servers and the important job they do should be legally respected.
We first brought light to this issue in 2012 when we first launched the PAAPRS campaign to help bring forth awareness and promote further protection for process servers. Since then, over 100 assaults have been logged in our map of process server assaults, some as recently as this year.
Although the PAAPRS campaign has helped set the stage for legislation changes in many states, there is still a lot of work to be done. Currently, only California, Florida, and Illinois have legislation on the books making process server assault a felony. With the need for change still apparent, we’re taking an in-depth look at one process server assault to show exactly what can happen, what you should do if you are a victim of assault, and how we can all raise awareness and create change.
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