This division handles the service
and execution of court documents and processes. The civil division
ensures that all processes are served in a timely manner.
Examples of Duties:
1. Receives legal process documents and instructions for service
2. Locates witnesses, makes positive identification of person
being served and serves: court orders, writs, subpoenas, summons
and notice of hearings.
The civil division is staffed by 2 part time deputy/civil process
servers and a secretary. The position of Deputy Sheriff/Process
Server is distinguished from Deputy Sheriff in that this is a civilian
class that does not perform the variety of law enforcement duties.
Sheriff Robert W. Norris oversees this division.
Civil Process Fees:
Fees charged by the Sheriff’s Office for different types
of civil process functions are established by the Court Administrators
In order to expedite service and keep the cost of service to a
minimum, some information will be helpful to this Office. We need
to know the exact location of the Defendant. A Post Office Box
Number or RFD address is not sufficient. We will not research an
address for you.
Our office has a sliding deposit requirement for service (see
below). The actual cost for service is $50.00 for each person served.
The mileage rate is dependent on the GSA mileage rate. Any overpayment will be returned to
you. If you have provided a deposit, only 2 attempts will be made
to serve your papers to keep the deposit costs down. If we have
exhausted the deposit, you will be billed for the additional amount
owed to the Office. Payment is expected within 30 days of the date
of billing. Returns of Service, for filing at court, will not be
returned to you until payment is received. If you do not provide
enough of a deposit, you will be contacted for the balance and
papers will not be served until payment is received. Any refund
under $1.00 will not be refunded and any billing that is under
$1.00 will not be billed.
(based on single defendant –
add $50.00 for each additional
||St. Albans: $85.00
Summons & Complaint
If a plaintiff desires the Sheriff’s Office to serve a summons
and complaint in a Civil Court action, the plaintiff should provide
the Sheriff’s Office with the original summons and a copy
of the summons and complaint for each defendant in the action.
The Deputy Sheriff/Process Server will serve the copy and return
the original summons, along with a Return of Service to the plaintiff.
The Civil Division will also file the original with the Court.
Subpoenas can be obtained through the courts where the action
An original and a copy for service must be given to the Sheriff’s
Office. Following service, the original subpoena will be returned
to the Court by the Sheriff’s Office and the plaintiff will
receive a copy. A subpoena can be served upon the named person or
left with someone of “suitable age and discretion” who
resides at the same address.