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The March 17 article “Sheriffs Can Ignore Private Process Servers, Judge Rules” was most informative and accurate. However, a number of attorneys have expressed concerns to members of the Georgia Association of Professional Process Servers (GAPPS) that the article suggests Georgia’s private process servers will no longer be authorized to serve process.

While the article refers to private process servers, the fact is that Judge McBurney’s decision applies only to certified process servers—private process servers who have been certified pursuant to the requirements laid out in OCGA §9-11-4.1.

Judge McBurney’s decision has no effect on service of process by private process servers who have been appointed by courts pursuant to OCGA §9-11-4(c). Thus, during this entire period of time, from the enactment of OCGA §9-11-4.1 to the present, certified process servers have not been serving process in their capacity as certified process servers.

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