The association has voted to update the Canons of Ethics to address the use of ID cards.
ID cards can help process servers gain access to a variety of locations, such as gated communities and schools. By displaying identification, individuals are more likely to trust the reasons why you as a process server need access to a particular place. It can also help to reassure individuals in residences who are hesitant to open the door or answer questions.
The updated Canons of Ethics will include the following:
Any identification card displayed by a member, in the performance of his or her duty, shall not bear any unauthorized title, seal, logo or emblem inferring that a member is a law enforcement officer, an officer of the court, or other governmental position, unless that person actually has that title, and is authorized to use such seal, logo or emblem. In all instances, a member shall avoid the appearance of impropriety in the use of any such card.
The use of ID cards can be a huge benefit to process servers, but it’s important for the association and our members to recognize the importance of using them in compliance with the laws and local rules. This amendment will help to provide some guidelines on how to ethically use ID cards.
As a further benefit to our members, NJPPSA will be providing ID cards to any NJPPSA member who would like one. To request an ID card, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.