Civil Process

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Civil Process


Napa County Sheriff-Coroner
Civil Process
1535 Airport Blvd.
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 253-4325, Fax (707) 259-8177
CivilProcess@co.napa.ca.us

 

Introduction

The Sheriff is required to serve all judicial process in the manner prescribed by law. We have provided Information Guides and Sheriff's Instructions forms for most types of process service and enforcement actions to better inform you of our policies and procedures. The majority of procedures and laws governing the service and execution of civil process are covered in the California Code of Civil Procedure. Please be aware that only an attorney is allowed to give legal advice. If you have a legal question contact an attorney. This site is for information purposes only, not legal advice. If you have any questions about the processes that the Sheriff serves you may call us at (707) 253-4325. If you want to fax us something for review our fax is (707) 259-8177.

Fees in General

The Sheriff is required by law to charge fees for most civil process actions. You must pay a fee deposit, in advance, from which the Sheriff will deduct fees. The fee for general service documents is $35.00 dollars per person served. Fee deposits range from $30 for a wage garnishment to $3500 or more to levy on a business. The fee and fee deposit are listed in the Information Guides for each type of process service and enforcement action. In addition to the Sheriff's levy fee, other costs may include charges for moving and storage, towing, recording, publishing in a newspaper, and keepers. Any unused portion of the fee deposit is refunded. Sheriff’s fees are added to your judgment and increase the amount the debtor must pay to fully satisfy the case.

Sheriff’s Instructions

Signed instructions directing the Sheriff to serve process or perform an enforcement action are required. The instructions must be signed by your attorney or by you, if you don't have an attorney. A Sheriff's Instructions form accompanies the Information Guide for each type of process or enforcement action. If you do not find the type of process or enforcement action listed, you may click Sheriff's “General Civil Process Instructions" below for a general-purpose form. The Sheriff's Instructions form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

General Civil Process Instructions

General Civil Process Instructions

Please telephone the Sheriff’s Civil Division, at (707) 253-4325, to ascertain the proper fee deposit amount and any special requirements for service. If your matter involves a child custody case, you should telephone the Napa County District Attorney, Child Abduction Section (707-253-4211), which is specially funded and trained to be of assistance. Also, the Sheriff only serves judicial process and will not serve dunning or late payment notices, invoices, letters or other non-legal documents

If you have questions regarding service of process, and /or fees, or to correspond with a levying officer regarding a case. Please email us at CivilProcess@co.napa.ca.us