Civil Process

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HONOR DUTY SERVICE FB Nov 2017 

Civil process is one of the oldest documented responsibilities of the county sheriff. The Civil Division handles all prejudgment as well as post-judgment service of civil process papers. Deputies serve civil documents, facilitate final eviction notices, fulfill civil executions by seizing money or property, and collect back taxes owed to Durham County.

HOURS OF OPERATION

The Civil Division is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To contact the Civil Division, please call (919) 560-0901 or send a fax to (919) 560-0991.

PAYMENTS

The Civil Division will accept the following forms of payment: cash, credit, money order or cashier's checks made payable to the Durham County Sheriff's Office.

NOTE: The Sheriff's Office does not accept personal checks.

There is a convenience fee for credit card purchases. The fee is assessed by the credit card service provider, not the Sheriff's Office. The fee is charged for each defendant. The schedule below lists the applicable fees.

Civil Process Service Cash Credit Card
Service [In State]
$30.00 $33.90
Service [Out of State] $100.00 N/A


CIVIL PROCESS GUIDELINES

1. All papers must be dated and signed.

2. Papers MUST list a physical address for the defendant. The Sheriff's Office cannot serve papers to a post office box.

LEGAL ADVICE

The Durham County Sheriff's Office is not authorized to provide legal advice. If you need legal assistance, please contact an attorney or a legal aid organization. The Sheriff's Office has listed helpful website links below.

Civil Paper Lookup

Public Auction Listings

HELPFUL LINKS

Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Form Finder (http://www.nccourts.org/Forms/FormSearch.asp) this website assists the public in finding and printing different forms related to filing civil process.

NC Court System (http://www.nccourts.org/) gives phone numbers to all clerk’s offices in the state, and information about court system.

Legal Aid Website (http://www.legalaidnc.org/) helps people wishing to receive legal advice.

FAQs

  • Where do I go to take out papers in order to sue someone in court?
  • How much does it cost to sue someone?
  • Can I send process via email or fax for the Sheriff to serve?
  • How do I check to see if someone has been served yet?
  • How long does it take for someone to be served?
  • I won a judgment in my favor, what next?
  • Once the Sheriff receives my Writ of Execution, how much does it cost for the Sheriff to levy on property in the name of a defendant?
  • Will the Sheriff keep my name and telephone number confidential?
  • The Sheriff was unable to serve the defendant. What do I do now?
  • I am a landlord and I need legal advice about evicting someone can you help me decide what to do?
  • I am a landlord; can I change the locks on my rental property without involving the Sheriff's Office?
  • I am a landlord, where do I need to go to file the paperwork to evict someone?
  • What happens at the hearing for the Summary Ejectment process?
  • As a landlord, can I go ahead with the eviction after I have filed for the Writ of Possession?
  • If there is personal property inside the premises when the locks are changed, can I dispose of it immediately?
  • I am a landlord and I have an eviction schedule that I wish to cancel, can I do this?
  • I am a landlord and I need legal advice about evicting someone can you help me decide what to do?
  • I am a landlord; can I change the locks on my rental property without involving the Sheriff's Office?
  • I am a landlord, where do I need to go to file the paperwork to evict someone?
  • What happens at the hearing for the Summary Ejectment process?
  • As a landlord, can I go ahead with the eviction after I have filed for the Writ of Possession?
  • If there is personal property inside the premises when the locks are changed, can I dispose of it immediately?
  • I am a landlord and I have an eviction schedule that I wish to cancel, can I do this?
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