The goal of the Civil Unit is to serve all process requests in a reasonable and timely manner, while maintaining an impartial position between all parties involved. There are multiple types of processes with which the Civil Bureau is involved.
The majority of procedures and laws governing the service and execution of civil process are covered in the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP). The law requires that all processes brought to the Sheriff for service must be valid on its face, issued by a competent authority, and accompanied by adequate legal written instructions. The instructions must state the process to be served, the person or entity to be served, the location for service, and be signed by the attorney of the party or by the party, if he has no attorney. Also, there are time restrictions regarding the service and enforcement of various types of civil processes that must be followed. The fees for service of process are set in accordance with the California Government Code, 26720 et.seq.
Processes served by the Civil Unit include, but are not limited to:
- Writ of Sale
- Bank Levy
- Restraining Orders
- Writ of Attachment
- Writ of Execution
- Civil Bench Warrants
- Writ of Possession
- Earnings Withholding Order
- Other Orders or Notices as directed by the court
Civil forms can be found by going to the California Courts Judicial Branch.