Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hearing master may look into process server's case


Process server accused of not delivering court papers in debt collection lawsuits

A process serving scandal in Las Vegas Justice Court is so extensive it requires a special hearing master to determine if the rights of thousands of civil case defendants were harmed, court officials said Thursday.

"The number of cases that may be involved is overwhelming," Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa said. "The court is very concerned about default judgments that may have been wrongly entered based on fraudulent affidavits. We are still trying to get a handle on the situation to determine how far it extends and what the court may be able to do in response."

Court Executive Officer Steve Grierson said officials plan to ask the county for $60,000 to hire a hearing master, and may need more money if the damage assessment requires additional work.

At the center of the process serving scandal is Maurice Carroll, a 41-year-old former Las Vegas police officer, and his company, On Scene Mediations, which authorities believe has operated without a license since 2003.

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Hearing master may look into process server's case

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