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Civil Bureau

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The goal of the Civil Bureau is to serve all process in a reasonable and timely manner, while maintaining an impartial position between all parties involved. There are a multiple of type process 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 process brought to the Sheriff for service must be valid on its face, issued by a competent authority and accompanied by adequate legal 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 generally time restrictions regarding the service and enforcement of various types of civil process that must be adhered to. The fees for service of process are set in accordance with the California Government Code, 26720 et. seq

Process served by the Civil Bureau include, but are not limited to:

  • Subpoenas
  • Evictions  (Eviction Instructions)
  • 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

Letters of Instruction 

This is a request to the Sheriff's Office for services.  Letters of Instructions (available here) must be signed and submitted with your papers requiring services.  The Letter of Instruction provides us with the necessary information to locate the individual being served.


Civil Fee Schedule (effective 01-01-15)

Legal Process Service

Fees- $40.00, Small Claims, Exam Orders, Other Orders, Landlord/Tenant 3 and 30 Day Notice, etc.

Note: For orders issued outside the State of California, there will be an addition $10.00 fee for a notarized signature

Civil Subpoena's


Summons and Complaint

Fees- $40.00 

Writ of Possession

Fees- Evictions, $145.00 / Personal Property, $100.00 

Writ of Execution

Fees- Bank Levy, $40.00 / Wage Levy, $35.00 

Restraining Orders

Fees- Harassment, $40.00 (Free with a fee waiver)  / Domestic, FREE

All Other Services

Fees- Please contact the Civil Bureau prior to mailing to the Sheriff's Office