Message Posted: May 5, 2011
Important Information Regarding the Certification Process
The Georgia sheriffs will fully comply with the provisions set forth in O.C.G.A. § 9-11-4.1. All candidates for process server certification who meet the minimum qualifications as set forth by law and the "Rules and Regulations" adopted by the Judicial Council of Georgia will be granted certification. In keeping with the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 9-11-4.1, each sheriff will exercise his or her discretion to approve the service of process by certified process servers in each county.
In an effort to maintain the integrity of the certification process and to avoid ethical concerns that may arise related to the cost of the training program and certification process, the Georgia Sheriffs' Association and the Administrative Office of the Courts will make all training providers aware that certified process servers may not be allowed to serve in certain counties. The Georgia Sheriffs' Association strongly urges all authorized training providers to advise potential candidates for certification to first determine whether the sheriff(s) in county(ies) of which they wish to serve process will authorize such service.
This information is provided in order to ensure that all individuals seeking certification understand that the service of process by certified servers may not be authorized by sheriffs in all counties.
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