Civil Process

The Civil Process Officers are responsible for the service of civil papers, evictions, public sales and replevins.  As of December 1, 2003, Jefferson County has adopted a fee of $45 plus .50 cents per mile for Civil Process Service, $63 for Notice/Levy of Judgements, and $63 for Evictions.

Civil papers are received from Circuit Clerk's Offices throughout the United States. After review of the paperwork to ascertain required defendant name and sufficient address information is included, they are recorded into our data entry system, and then forwarded to the Civil Process Officers for delivery/service.


Eviction Procedures and
Landlord/Plaintiff Responsibilities

In Jefferson County, the Sheriff’s Office is the ONLY police agency that can enforce a court ordered Order to Vacate.

Upon receiving the Order to Vacate from the court, the landlord/plaintiff should IMMEDIATELY bring the court order to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to schedule a date and time for the physical eviction.

There will be no refunds once an eviction is scheduled. If rescheduling is necessary, another eviction fee is required to be paid.

Sheriff’s Office Civil Process Officers will meet the landlord/plaintiff at the residence at the date and time appointed.

DO NOT ENTER THE RESIDENCE WITHOUT THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE CIVIL PROCESS OFFICERS BEING PHYSICALLY PRESENT WITH THE COURT ORDER. (If you enter the residence prior to the arrival of the Sheriff’s Personnel, the eviction will not be performed and will be returned to the Circuit Clerk marked no service made.)

Sheriff’s personnel will remove all persons ordered evicted from the premise, and will conduct a walkthrough of the premises for removal of weapons, illegal drugs or other contraband.

Upon completion of the eviction Sheriff’s personnel will tender possession of the real property to the plaintiff or the plaintiff’s representative and post a copy of the Order to Vacate on the door.

Sheriff’s personnel do not remove property other than that described above.

The Sheriff’s Office cannot give legal advice. If you have questions you should consult your attorney.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is not responsible for any stolen or damaged property.

Updated December 2011, effective January 1, 2012


Sheriff's Sales

The following information pertains to the procedures to be followed and the documents necessary for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to perform a Sheriff’s Sale. All documents and payment must be submitted to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Records Section a minimum of three (3) working days prior to the actual sale date as follows:

  • The creditor must obtain an Order of Possession, signed by a Judge. (A copy of the unsigned order prior to the sale and a copy of the signed order after the sale are to be submitted to the Sheriff’s Office.)
  • An Order for the Sale, signed by a Judge with a date for the sale, or indicating, “date to be assigned” must be obtained by the creditor.
  • Proof of advertisement from a newspaper of general circulation, proving that the sale was advertised for one (1) day a week for three (3) consecutive weeks must be presented. (NOTE: advertisement must stipulate what form of payment will be accepted.)
  • Non-refundable fee to the Sheriff of Jefferson County in the amount of $600.00.
  • The creditor will prepare the Sheriff’s Deed and all necessary legal documents, and will be responsible for acquiring and returning the documents to the Jefferson County Circuit Clerk’s Office. (In addition to the legal description of the property, the correct address will also be listed on all documents.)
  • In the event that the successful bidder is a third party other than the creditor or attorney for the creditor, they will be instructed by the person conducting the sale as to the required payment(s).
  • Whenever a sale is conducted it will be held in the Jefferson County Court House on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. (Unless other arrangements are made.)


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