What Photos Can a Process Server Take?
Process servers play an important role in the legal system by delivering documents to parties involved in a legal dispute. But sometimes, process servers are called upon to do more than just deliver papers. In some cases, they may be asked to take photos of people or property as part of their duties. So what photos can a process server legally take? Let’s find out.
Types of Photos Allowed
In general, process servers are allowed to take photos that support their primary job function of delivering papers. This means that they can take photos of the person or property being served; for example, if they’re serving someone at their place of work, they may take a photo of the person being served entering and exit the building. They can also take pictures of vehicles being used for service purposes (for example if they’re serving someone who is driving away).
Limitations on Photos
Process servers cannot take any photos that can be reasonably considered intrusive or invasive. For example, they cannot take pictures inside private homes or businesses without permission from the owner. They also cannot photograph anyone who isn’t connected to the service in some way (for example, if they’re taking pictures outside a business where the service is taking place). Additionally, process servers should not be taking pictures of anyone’s children or pets without permission from those individuals.
Using Photos Legally
Process servers must make sure that any photos taken are being used for legitimate purposes only—that is, for completing the service or providing proof of service in court proceedings. Any other use—such as posting on social media—is strictly prohibited and could result in disciplinary action from their employer and/or criminal charges depending on state law. Additionally, process servers should always follow local laws related to photography; for example, it’s illegal to trespass on private property while taking photos in many states.
Process servers have an important job: delivering important legal documents and providing proof that those documents were successfully delivered. In some cases, this might involve taking photographs as part of their duties; however, these photographs must be taken lawfully and ethically so as not to violate any laws or regulations related to privacy. By following these guidelines and knowing what types of photographs are permissible under the law, process servers can successfully fulfill their obligations while protecting the rights and privacy of all parties involved.
Please be aware that the methods for serving papers differ from state to state; if you need additional clarification, please consult with a lawyer experienced in the laws of your area.