We have very exciting news for all process servers in Arizona. A new association has been formed and its website launched the second week of December 2011. It’s named the Arizona Association of Certified Process Servers (AACPS) and it plans on being the premier advocacy group for process servers in the State of Arizona.
It’s an action-oriented Association that has already accomplished all this for you (from the new AACPS website bulletin board):
– Formed this action-oriented Association.
– Met at the Supreme Court and worked with Clerks of Court and judges around the state to secure new digital IDs for certified process servers statewide.
– Secured a pledge from the Supreme Court to mandate pre-examination training for certified process server candidates to further professionalize our community.
– Wrote new legislation for trespassing needed legislation.
– Wrote new legislation for HOA needed legislation.
– Wrote new legislation for assault upon a certified process server needed legislation.
– Wrote new legislation for four privacy statutes to protect your personal information from public access.
– Wrote the proposals for all this legislation.
– Secured legislators in both houses to sponsor all this new legislation.
– Presented this legislation to the sponsoring legislators for the January 11 legislative session.
– Established meaningful quarterly Association meetings.
– Established this very active website for members.
– Kept membership dues very low.
– Pledged to actively pursue the professionalization of our community.
– Pledged to be available via e-mail and other media to members.
– Pledged to be actively engaged with the courts.
– Pledged to be actively engaged with the legislature.
– Pledged to be actively engaged with law enforcement agencies and departments.
– Pledged to be actively seeking positive press.
– Provided meaningful and much-needed benefit access at a discount to our members.
That’s proof positive that the association is working very hard for you and our professional community. Join us, and be an active part of this revolutionary change!
Well, the police are at it again in Arizona in what seems to be a relentless and ignorant attack on court officers (process servers) in Maricopa County. In an outrageous case in Goodyear, Arizona, a process server was threatened with arrest for harassment and trespassing simply because she was trying to do her job for the court by serving process on a married couple who did not want to get served.
Apparently in Goodyear all a person needs to do to successfully avoid service is scream and cuss at the process server (again an officer of the Superior Court of Arizona) and then call the police and say that they feel harassed and that the process server is trespassing. The police will then interfere and prevent the process from being served, all the while issuing a veiled threat of arrest.
It does not matter to the police that the defendants have no legal right to refuse service. They would rather assist the scofflaw defendants in avoiding service, rather than assist the court by helping the process server perform her lawful duty. Aren’t the courts and the police on the same side? It sounds like the Jeff Showen case all over again, only now in Goodyear instead of Scottsdale. Please click to view Andi Hillis’s letter written May 24, 2010 to the Goodyear chief of police and the letter of response from the Goodyear Police Department.
Please notice in Goodyear’s letter that reference was made to a “Superior Court Appellate overturning [of] a Scottsdale Municipal Court ruling…” This obviously is a reference to the Star case from 1985.
Did Goodyear and their attorneys actually read it, since the case originated from Paradise Valley and not Scottsdale! And it seems, if it is convenient, a Superior Court judge ruling can be ignored and scoffed at by the police department or city attorneys since it does not rise to the level of case law (not being a ruling from the Appeals Court or the Supreme Court). That strikes one as being rather arrogant and contemptuous of the judicial system. But, it’s not a surprise here in Arizona with the cowboy mentality of the police.
Sunrise Professional Services has moved the base of its operations to Surprise, Arizona, a surprise move due to the owner getting married in January 2008.
The revised contact information for Michael Davis and SPS is now as follows:
Sunrise Professional Services
PO Box 9140, Surprise, AZ 85374-0135
(602) 550-1168 Cell (623) 374-2852 Office/Fax
Sunrise Professional Services is looking for one or more licensed process servers to assist with the slow but steady growth of legal process that we are receiving. The need exists for service of process primarily in the west valley in the areas of El Mirage, Youngtown, Laveen, Litchfield Park, Avondale, Surprise, Goodyear, Tolleson, Sun City, Sun City West, Peoria, Glendale and other westside communities. Occasionally help is needed for service in Buckeye, Tonopah, Wittmann and Wickenburg.
Help is needed on a private contract basis and new or experienced process servers are both welcome to respond. If interested, please contact Mike by e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, December 3, 2004 Jeffrey Showen stood trial in Scottsdale City Court (Arizona) on two criminal charges stemming from his attempt to serve legal process in September 2003. After the trial the judge took the case under advisement, and three days later acquitted Jeff, finding him not responsible/not guilty on both charges. Click to see the entry posted to the Arizona Supreme Court Case Information website: Jeffrey A. Showen Acquittal
Click here to see the decision issued by Judge Morgan at Scottsdale City Court: Court Decision
State of Arizona vs. Jeffrey A. Showen (Case CR200406256).
Here is the Complaint filed by the Scottsdale City Prosecutor in the prosecution of Process Server, Jeffrey Showen, due to go to trial in two days.
After a not unexpected unsuccessful effort to get charges dismissed in Scottsdale City Court by his attorney, Jeff Showen is scheduled to appear in court December 3, 2004 to stand trial for Trespass and Harassment. Check back for results of the trial as soon as they become available next month.