Legislative Committee Update
Posted February 1, 2018 in Legislation
By Chad Barger, Chairman
Since my last update, things have started to move on the legislative landscape.
The committee has submitted a request to amend the hours of service on CCP 1011(b) services. The proposed amendment is to expand the hours for service on a pro se party by leaving a copy with anyone, other than the party, at his or her residence between the hours of 7 AM and 9 PM. Our logic is, if all adult residents work during normal business hours, they are often out the door before 8 AM and do not return from work until after 6 PM. The proposed amendment simply widens the window to effect serving notice to the pro se party by leaving the documents with someone else if he or she is not present.
Obstruction of Justice Language
We are also beginning the work of crafting language on the obstruction of justice front. Over 18 states have laws that prohibit anyone from interfering with a process server while performing his/her duties. We’re reviewing each state’s laws and will begin the task of finding a place in an existing law or the creation of a new law, where we can submit language that will assist process servers throughout the state.
On the photocopy front, Tom Alkema and the committee are making headway in the endeavor to bring existing evidence and civil codes into the 21st century. Keep an eye out for future updates.
I speak for the entire committee when I say, that we are proud to be a part of this process and look forward to the continued effort to make the process serving, photocopy and court filing professions better, through smart, helpful and useful legislative avenues.