Please find attached the most recent backlog sheet from the San Diego Superior Court-Hall of Justice. The Chart shows the current timeline for processing Civil, Family and e-Filing type documents. Click the link: SDSC Chart for more information.
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Tips on what to do if attacked while serving papers in the field:
- If you have never taken any martial art classes or lack any real self-defense training, here are some tips if you ever you find yourself in a situation where you feel an assault is imminent:
Quickly size up the attacker to gauge level of aggression and look for any possible weaknesses.
- Do not lose eye contact and never turn your back. Not seeing the attack is the worst thing to do.
- Maintain a confident and calm demeanor, as you attempt to talk down the aggression. You want to avoid a physical altercation at all costs.
- If subject calms down, walk away slowly and leave the vicinity.
- If subject attacks…
- Stay alert, maintain your posture and keep your eyes on the aggressor at all times. Take a defensive stance- stay centered, balanced, dominate leg in front and most your weight on back leg, while staying light on your feet. Position your hands slightly below eye level, approximately 12 to 14 inches from your face and prepare for strikes.
- If you have martial arts training, great! If you don’t have martial arts training, continue to maintain your posture and do not fall down. If you fall down, get up immediately while protecting yourself. Serious injury can occur on the ground, especially if you are not looking.
- If you are struck, decide whether or not a proportional response is needed. If you can handle the attack, keep hands up, protect your face. But if you are getting injured, defend yourself by striking back. There are simple and effective techniques you can use to thwart your attacker, depending on severity. Strikes to the nose, throat, groin or solar plexus can stun the attacker long enough to escape. If attacker is causing serious injury, find or create a weapon. Keys, belt or anything close by can help avoid severe injury.
- Maintain your posture and composure long enough to either escape or until help arrives.
- Report the attack to the authorities.
- Seek medical attention.
- Report assault to CALSPro, NAPPS, and PAAPRS in order to raise awareness
Do not put yourself in the above predicament without any type of self-defense training. Enroll in a class as soon as possible to learn rudimentary skills and gain experience. It can make all the difference. There are a wide array of martial art disciplines to choose from including Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Karate, Judo, and Tae Kwon Do. Self-defense classes are regularly offered at many gyms, community centers, and community colleges. Perhaps take an early evening class during the week before going out serving? Remember we are never too old or too young to start training!
Commercial Process Service
(Speaking from experience and from being physically attacked while serving)
CALSPro – Process Server Assault Guide and Checklist.
A complete guide on what to do if assault, while serving process:
- Get to a safe Place
- Assess Injuries
- Assess Damage to Property
- Contact the authorities
- Anything Missing?
- Document the incident
- Notify your employer or client
- Notify your State Association
- Report incident to PAAPRS
For more information, Click on the CALSPro Process Server Assault Guide to download.
CCP 415.21 has been revised as a result of AB 2256 (Garcia -2014), and effective January 1, 2015 requires only that a Registered Process Server prove their identity with an official form of ID (e.g. Driver’s License) and a current Process Server Registration. The code no longer requires an RPS to identify the Party to be served. Guards had often required the address as well, but the code did not, and does not require that the address be provided. Here is a link to the code:
You may wish to keep a printed copy in a plastic sheet protector in your car to show guards if need be.
Los Angeles Superior Court Notices To Attorneys
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E-mail Address: PublicInfo@LASuperiorcourt.org
Please see attached Details regarding the recent judicial assignment changes at several branch and divisions in the Los Angeles county court system.
Social media is a great way to connect with clients and keep up to date on what everyone is up to. That being said, social media posts aren’t always the most professional & may contain more personal information than we want clients or potential employers to have access to. This is where LinkedIn comes in to play. It is the social media solution for business professionals. Linkedin is not the place you post about your cat, your political opinions or about the most amazing cheeseburger in the world. Linkedin is a place for professionals who want to advance their careers and/or their businesses to connect with each other. I recently had an amazing opportunity to attend a seminar given by Wayne Breitbarth (www.powerformula.net) where he gave some great insights of how to use this powerful tool to find business opportunities. If you are serious about fully utilizing LinkedIn, I recommend going to his website and checking out all of his resources. Here are some of the most important things you need to know:
Think of your Linkedin profile as your online resume. This is where you can showcase what sets you apart and makes you specially qualified to work in the position you are seeking, or to work for the clients you are going after. The profile can/should be fluid and it can be tweaked to meet your current purposes. For example, if I’m trying to pick up an account that I know does primarily workers comp defense, I’m probably going to update my profile to talk about my experience with surveillance and maybe share some stories about catching people committing fraud, BEFORE I REACH OUT TO CONNECT. Another important thing to know is that the profile should be keyword rich. Unlike Google & most other search engines these days, the Linkedin search algorithm rewards the use of key words used again and again. The more you can work in those key words, the better. That being said, keep in mind that prospective employers/clients will be reading it as though it were your resume, so make sure that it reads well and that your use of key words doesn’t become obnoxious.
Understanding how connections work is very important. There are 1st level, 2nd level, 3rd level and 4th level connections. 1st level connections are people you are currently connected with, 2nd level connections are connected with one of your current connections and so on. The closer you are to somebody, the more profile information you can see, and the easier it is to connect with them. The more shared connections you have with someone, the more likely they are to accept an invitation to connect. If there is someone really important you want to connect with, reach out to a mutual connection first and ask for an introduction. In the “real world” we all know this works great, but it also works online too; and that’s one of the most powerful things about LinkedIn. Think about who you might be able to connect with that might not be in your typical professional circle. It may be an old classmate, a neighbor or someone from church. You never know who might be able to put you in contact with that person, and that will make all the difference.
Now, before you go connecting with people like it’s Myspace in 2003, there is a caveat you need to consider. If you are connected with people who you would consider “competition”, then you could inadvertently be introducing your clients to your competition or at the very least, increasing the probability that they will connect. One of the wonderful things about CALSPro is that we work together as process serving and photocopy companies to help each other & I don’t want to minimize that; however it’s important to consider whom you want to connect with and if you would want them to see all of your other connections and everything you have posted on your profile. I personally connect with other private investigators and process serves & I have even hired several independent contractors because I found them using LinkedIn.
On LinkedIn, it’s important to join groups for the same reason it’s important to join groups in “real life”; because it helps us meet people and expand our professional network. The key here is to think about what kind of people you would like to meet & join groups that they would belong to. If you want to meet attorneys, join bar association type groups. If you are trying to meet process servers, join one of the many process server groups. There is a limit of 50 groups that any one person can join, so join as many as you can up to that point. If you do join a bunch of groups, make sure to go in and change the email notification settings; otherwise you will be inundated with emails.
CALSPro Technology Committee Member
Los Angeles Superior Court News Release
Public Information Office
E-mail Address: PublicInfo@LASuperiorcourt.org
STATEMENT FROM LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT
PRESIDING JUDGE DAVID S. WESLEY
REGARDING THE FISCAL YEAR 2014-15 TRIAL COURT BUDGET
Over the past weeks, courts across the state have made clear to the legislature that the level of court funding proposed in the Governor’s May Revision will result in further declines in access to justice across the state. Yet that is the level of funding that is in the budget that Governor Jerry Brown signed today.
As chairman of the technology it is my job to provide information and resources that enable CALSPro members and process servers to further educate themselves on all things technology. These items can range from things that merely make our jobs simpler to the downright necessary. Well, this is one of those moments where you need to take note and pay attention because it down right necessary.
I come across many articles on a daily basis and I have to decide, is this the one? Is this the kind of information that the membership cannot do without? Eventually I do find the topic that I just have to pass on. Such is the case with regard to “0day” (zero-day).
It has been discovered that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) is vulnerable to a massive security flaw that can harm your computer and network. The warning comes from the United States Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) and is echoed by the UK National Computer Emergency Response Team.
US-CERT has the following message posted on its website is as follows:
“US-CERT is aware of active exploitation of a use-after-free vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer. This vulnerability affects IE versions 6 through 11 and could allow unauthorized remote code execution.
US-CERT recommends that users and administrators review Microsoft Security Advisory 2963983 for mitigation actions and workarounds. Those who cannot follow Microsoft’s recommendations, such as Windows XP users, may consider employing an alternate browser.”
FireEye researchers have already said that a known gang of malicious hackers are already exploiting the previously unknown use-after-free vulnerability in targeted attacks per ARS Technica. The popular website also notes the following:
“The “zero-day” code-execution hole in IE versions 6 through 11 represents a significant threat to the Internet security because there is currently no fix for the underlying bug, which affects an estimated 26 percent of the total browser market. It’s also the first severe vulnerability to affect Windows XP users since Microsoft withdrew its support for the aging operating system earlier this month. Users who have the option of using an alternate browser should avoid all use of IE for the time being. Those who remain dependent on the Microsoft browser should immediately install EMET, Microsoft’s freely available toolkit that greatly extends the security of Windows systems.”
“Everybody should be moving off of it now. They should have done it months ago,” said Jeff Williams, director of security strategy with Dell SecureWorks.
It is my recommendation to you, as a concerned member of the association and as your Technology Chairman, that you immediately start using another internet browser until the Microsoft has completely resolved this issue. Alternative internet browser that I would suggest switching to in order of best security features are:
- Google’s Chrome (https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/)
- Mozilla’s FireFox (http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/)
- Opera Software’s Opera (http://www.opera.com/)
- Apple’s Safari (can be used on PC also) (http://support.apple.com/downloads/#safari)
(A list of alternative browsers can be found at:
Please do not take these warnings lightly. The potential risk or not taking action regarding these warnings could potentially cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. For additional information on “zero-day” and the security warnings please visit the following websites:
US Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/
CALSPro Director & Technology Chair