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7th-Aug-2013 08:40 pm - Tales from the Court....
Wild West Sheepdog

A bit of background information: I work for the courts in a state that requires process servers to be certified (licensed) by the state supreme court. My office is mandated to administer the statewide certification program in my county and I am the clerk who is appointed to administer the program. We process process server applications, administer the mandatory written examination and perform criminal background checks on all applicants. The decision to certify an applicant or not is made by the judge appointed to hear process server matters. Our office also receives complaints made against process servers and if appropriate, transmits them to the judge for review and possible disciplinary action.

That said, there are minimal requirements in order for us to file a complaint against the process server. The complaining party must provide their name and address to the court and they must identify the process server that they are complaining about by either name or certification/license number. All process servers carry state issued identification cards that they are required to produce upon request. The complaining party can also obtain the process server's information by viewing their case file in court and viewing the Affidavit of Service. The Affidavit of Service has the process server's name and often has their certification/license number. Without these pieces of information, we CANNOT file a complaint (literally that's what the administrative code says).

Well, I had a very pleasant conversation with a lady over the phone this morning regarding what appears to have been a proper service:

Me: "Clerk of the Superior Court-Civil Department, XXXX speaking. How may I help you?"

Caller: "I want to make a complaint against a process server and was given your number. A process server came to my home last night to serve papers on my daughter, who does not live here and was very rude."

Me: "You're saying that your daughter does not reside with you?"

Caller: "No, but this is the address that is on her driver's license and she still receives mail here."

Me: "Okay. Do you have the process server's name or license number?"

Caller: "No."

Me: "If you don't know who the process server is, you will have to contact the attorney that hired them to serve your daughter. We are only the licensing agency-we don't have anything else to do with actual service of process."

Caller: "I called the attorney's office and they would not give me that information."

Me: "Well, they're not obligated to provide that information if they do not want to."

The caller went on for a while about how she'd attempted to get the information from the attorney and the justice courts and that they would not assist her and referred her to my office. Then we closed the call with this exchange:

Caller: "Well, thank you for being so helpful. I'd like to file a complaint about you. What did you say your name was?"

Me: "XXXX."

Caller: "What is your last name?"

Me: "I'm sorry ma'am. We're not permitted to give out last names."

Caller: "That's what the clerk at the other court said when I asked them the same thing.

As Bug Bunny would have said: "What a maroon!" Like my bosses have nothing more important to deal with than something like this. This call ranked at the "Don't even bother notifying the supervisor" level.

7th-Jul-2008 10:42 pm - Hi
Hi, I need your help about being a chef on Amtrak. How can I do that? At this moment I am studying to be a chef. I wanted to an engineer but that is so much work when I have the chance I would go to engineer school for four years. Most of my family is engineers and brakesman. Any information would help. Thanks
2nd-Jul-2007 11:34 am - Hi
HI my name is John and I love trains I know mostly everything about the steam locomotives and CSX and the Old Chessie System. I took my first train ride in 2006 From Richmond, Va to Charolette, NC I love it and I am trying to be a engineer for Amtrak do you know how to get a application? It would really help. Thanks
29th-Apr-2006 06:24 am - So uuuh...
What's shakin'?


*pokes the community, and waits for a response*

I work on the upper lounge on train 7 now, it's a pretty sweet run if you don't mind semi-crappy tips and people using you as an information booth. :D
26th-Jan-2006 12:35 pm(no subject)
Greetings to all and let me introduce myself,

My name is Chris, I am a 4th generation railroader. I do not work for Amtrak how ever I will be involved with Amtrak shortly. I own a private car which came out of service from the company back in 2003. The car is one of the Pacific Series Dorm Lounge, specifically the the "Pacific View". Currently I am working to get the car certified to operate as a private car on Amtrak. Also it looks like shortly I will be picking up another Pacific Series sleeper, that is a intact 10/6. Unlike some other car owners, I plan on working my cars during all trips.

I have been involved in many different aspects of the railroad industry. I have been a locomotive mechanic/hostler, engineer, conductor, and mechanical rider for NS steam program with my father, and several other private cars. Currently I work for Railserve Inc. a small shortline operation in Cincinnati at the former P&G Ivorydale plant. I have worked for RJ Corman Railroad Group, also worked as a Conductor for Norfolk Southern unfortunately. My back ground goes on, but I will not bore you with it at this time.

I have applied to work with Amtrak, but since I was unjustly fired for a 2nd time by NS, I don't see that happening any time soon. Especially since the case is still being battled out between the Union and the company. It is a long story.

I am also the owner and moderator of Amtrak Equipment group on yahoo.

If you have any questions for me or what I do let me know, and I hope you don't mind a some what of an outsider part of the group.
21st-Jan-2006 06:59 am - Sooo...
H2G2 Best Bang Since the Big Baang!
*pokes teh community* O_o *laughs* Anyone alive out th'are?
13th-Jan-2006 01:35 pm - bumped :\
H2G2 Guy and his towel
Well, I got bumped. And it kind of sucks, because I am supposed to be on vacation starting on the 15th and lasting until the 26th. Having said that of course I'd like to stay on 27 lounge.

I can do one of two things at this point (until tomorrow at midnight).

A) I can choose to bump someone by tomorrow night, but I believe that would make my vacation go away for now. And not that I am going anywhere, or anything for vacation, but I was looking forward to having days off.

B) I can take my vacation, which again lasts from the 15th to the 26th. After my vacation is over and done with, I can make my bump. Again I was really looking forward to having so many days off :) I'm still getting paid and getting my 'guaranteed' hours for the month, either way.

I think either way I go, if I get bumped I get bumped. I haven't given much thought, however, to which run I'd like to go to if I can't get back onto 27 lounge. Hmm...

Definately try for 27 lounge. Then I guess try for 21 lounge...After that, the corridors would be where I go next. I am not touching 5, even if I have the seniority to hold it...*laughs*

At any rate I think I shall take my vacation and continue on it like normal. I am getting my car fixed (hopefully) on Monday, and I need a car to drive to get to work anyways [and yes I'll still be getting paid, so I may as well take advantage of it right?]
9th-Jan-2006 11:52 am - Well I'm back XD
H2G2 Best Bang Since the Big Baang!
Nothing much exciting happened on my trip to Portland, except for the fact that I had an 'old style' lounge on the return trip. I sort of had a 'WTF?' moment when I first saw it, because I hadn't worked one in about two years (basically since I started with Amtrak). I have a few entertaining stories though that I will probably post sometime...somewhere. And when I do I'll let you know *laughs*

OH, also...I heard a rumor that 'they' might be getting rid of the debriefing office. For those who don't know, thats the place that does our paperwork at the end of our trips, and tells us whether or not we 'owe' Amtrak any money (if we are under the amount of money our paperwork says we sold, we owe Amtrak the money...). Sucks, don't it? Anyways the rumor is they might send the paperwork out to a 3rd party. It just kinda sucks because I don't know how long something like that would take you know? *shrugs* Can't say more than it's just a rumor though. You never know if it is true or not.
6th-Jan-2006 01:00 pm - Hello XD
H2G2 Best Bang Since the Big Baang!
Sooo I work as an LSA on the Empire Builder in the lounge. Now if any of you know about seniority, and take a look at my age (just turning 24)...You'll probably be wondering how this is my regular XD Usually you need high seniority to hold this run...Well technically I have slightly elevated seniority! *laughs* I am nearly half-way up the seniority list out of Chicago for dining car stewards (64 out of 111 or so) and for lounge LSA I am about 91 out of 150 (or so). It's because of a combination of two factors: one, a lot of the LSA's holding that job pretty much all gave it up for a while (because they were burnt out on the paperwork, or the stock, whatever) and another factor that I probably shouldn't say in public. I'll let you figure that one out XD

Anyways I am currently on my layover in Portland...I love this city, although I didn't do anything exciting last night. But I did dye my hair black XD It's black all the time, but I have naturally blonde hair so when it starts to grow out, it is definately noticable. Since I didn't feel like doing anything last night anyways I decided to walk to the Walgreens and buy some hair dye. My co-workers are probably going to be like "wtf?" and then laugh out loud.

I'm so glad I can get online at the hotel here...I'd probably go crazy without it. What can I say, I'm addicted to the internet.
4th-Jan-2006 12:07 pm - Just a quick intro...
just me
I'm Janet, I do not work for Amtrak, though I've done liason and coordination work between Amtrak in Kansas City and Albuquerque. I'm a very frequent user of the system, in fact just this morning I arrived in Pittsburgh, PA at 4am (on time!!) after leaving Vancouver, BC at 12:30pm on Sunday. I still hear my fair share of the gossip and do intend to take a position as a conductor in a year or two, I'd say it's at the result of frequent badgering by current female conductors but I'm dedicated to goal all around.
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