The Civil Division deals with civil process (also called civil papers). Domestic Violence Injunctions, Notice of Evictions, Subpoenas, Writs of Execution and Distress Writs are examples of the types of civil process the Civil Division serves.
The Civil Division's goal is to serve all received civil process in a reasonable and timely manner while maintaining an impartial stance between all parties involved or having an interest in a case. The Civil Division's deputies, supervisors, and office staff work together to process and execute more than seven thousand individual writs each year.
A detailed case management system enables the Civil Division's employees to effectively and efficiently administer civil process serving and execution of civil writs. The overall effectiveness of the judicial system is dependent upon this division's efficient and expeditious service of these, as well as many other, types of civil process.
The Sheriff's Civil Division provides a cost effective, credible service and successfully serves most defendants. However, the case is civil in nature, and the Sheriff cannot utilize criminal investigative tactics, such as stakeouts or computer inquiries (DMV, arrest records, etc.), to serve civil process.