function of the Sheriff's Civil Process Section and Business Office
is to administer and execute writs which emanate from the Superior
Court. These writs are commonly reffered to as "process".
Having Sheriff's Officers serve process is an old and honorable
custom which dates back more than 700 years! This practice evolved
from the original principles of law wherein the execution of process
determined the finalization of legal problems. These very same principles
are still in effect today with the same excellent results. Some
of the writs executed by the Sheriff's Office include:
and Complaint: This writ directs the Sheriff to notify a specific
person that a legal action has been started against him/her and
that he/she must answer the complaint.
- Wage Execution:
This writ commands the Sheriff to satisfy a judgemant out of the
wages or earnings of a defendant while waiting for the final determination
of his.her lawsuit.
Execution: This writ commands the Sheriff to sell the mortgaged
premises of a defendant and use the proceeds from that sale to
satisfy the mortgage.
to serving these writs (" serving process"), the Sheriff
must collect fees regarding each process, keep an accurate account
of all funds and turn over the money to the County Treasurer. The
Sheriff must make an official "return" to the Courts in
which the execution of each writ is explained. In a typical year,
there are an estimated 22,000 summonses and complaints served, 1,700
writs levied on and 400 foreclosures completed.