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Welcome to Sheriff's Court Services Division

The Sheriff's Court Services Division serves as an officer of the court. Our office receives, serves, and executes all civil processes and orders that are accepted for service in the manner prescribed by law. The law requires that any civil process brought to the Sheriff for service must be valid on its face, issued by a competent authority, and accompanied by adequate legal instructions, and include an original signature. Before the Sheriff's Department can serve processes on your behalf you must have a court order. Please be aware that only an attorney is allowed to give legal advice, not the Sheriff.

Earnings Withholding Order $35
Bank Levy $40
Writ of Possession-Eviction $145
Third Party Levy $40
Order to Show Cause $40
Keeper Levy $240
Till Tap $100
Claim & Delivery $1500
Personal Property (Writ of Possession) $1500
Writ of Sale (Real Property) $1500
Writ of Execution (Real Property) $1500
Vehicle Levy $1500
Writ of Attachment $1500
Application and Order for Appearance & Examination $40
Summons and Complaint $40
Summons and Petition $40
Plaintiff's Claim & Order to Defendant $40
Temporary Restraining Order (Domestic Violence) $40 *
Temporary Restraining Order (Civil Haraasment) $40
Temporary Restraining Order (Elder Abuse) $40
Temporary Restraining Order (Workplace Violence) $40
*No fee if Order Granted by the Court.  
Earnings Withholding Order

An Earnings Withholding Order requires an employer to withhold the nonexempt portion of the debtor's earnings for payment directly to the levying officer. The employer deducts a certain percentage of the debtor's wages and sends it to the levying officer. The levying officer makes periodic disbursements to the judgment creditor and applies the amount(s) received toward satisfaction of the judgment. The judgment creditor must supply the name and address of the judgment debtor's employer . An Earnings Withholding Order remains in effect until the judgment is satisfied, the debtor ceases to work for that employer, or an order of higher priority takes effect (such as an Earnings Withholding Order for child support).

PDF Application For Earnings Witholding Order
PDF Example
Bank Levy

A judgment debtor's deposit account or safe deposit box may be levied upon under a writ of execution (money judgment). The levy reaches only those funds held at the time the levy is served upon the specific bank branch where the account is maintained. The judgment creditor must supply the levying officer with the name and address of the bank or financial institution to be served. The specific account number is not required for a bank levy. However, if the deposit account stands in the name of the judgment debtor and the debtor's spouse, other person(s), or in a fictitious business name, you will need to supply additional documents to be delivered to the bank at the time of the levy.

PDF Bank Levy Form
PDF Example
Writ of Possession (Eviction)

A Writ of Possession of Real Property is commonly referred to as the "eviction writ." This writ enables the levying officer to satisfy the judgment by placing the judgment creditor in lawful and peaceful possession of specific land and appurtenant structures. A judgment for possession of real property may result from a tenant's non-payment of rent or a breach of the rental or lease contract. A writ of possession may be issue at the conclusion of a civil action for unlawful detainer.

PDF Writ of Possession Form
PDF Example
Third Party Levy

If a third party owes money to a customer, we can levy that money to pay the debt owed. A third party levy is a one-time levy requiring 100 percent of any payment due to the customer be sent directly to the department. Also, When the debtor owns property, and renters pay them, a third-party levy can be used to garnish rent payments.

PDFThird Party Levy Form
Order to Show Cause

An Order issued by the court that a party appear in court on a specified date and time to give reason (show cause) why an order requested by the opposing party should not be made.

PDFOrder to Show Cause Form
PDF Example
Keeper Levy

A Sheriff's Keeper (a civilian employee of the Sheriff) is placed in a debtor-owned business to collect money resulting from sales and transactions. This type of levy is most often effective on retail type businesses that maintain a cash drawer (or register) and conduct over-the-counter sales. During the keeper period, the business may continue to operate in the ordinary course of business provided all sales are final and are for cash or its equivalent (i.e. checks). Keepers are customarily installed for periods of 8, 12, or 24 hours per day.

PDFKeeper Levy Form
Till Tap

If the judgment debtor owns a business that has a cash register, you may arrange for a Deputy Sheriff to go to the business and do either a Till Tap or a Keeper's Levy. A Till Tap sends a Deputy Sheriff into the business to take all cash and checks out of the cash register. Remember that the judgment debtor may close his or her business for the day and the Deputy Sheriff would be unable to collect any money.

PDFTill Tap Form
Claim & Delivery

Claim & Delivery is issued prior to judgment and permits the levying officer to seize specific personal property in possession of the defendant or the defendant's agent. A Claim & Delivery differs from a Writ of Attachment. The purpose of a Claim & Delivery is to recover personal property being unlawfully detained rather than securing property for the payoff of a possible judgment. After holding the property ten days, the levying officer delivers the personal property to the plaintiff pending final disposition of the lawsuit. The court may issue the writ upon the plaintiff establishing, to the court's satisfaction, that there is "probable validity" that the plaintiff will prevail in the action and there is cause to believe the specific property will not be available at the time judgment is entered.

Personal Property (Writ of Possession)

A judgment for possession of personal property may be enforced by a Writ of Possession of Personal Property. The purpose of the writ is to restore possession of specific item(s) of personal property to the judgment creditor. A Writ of Possession of Personal Property permits the levying officer to satisfy the judgment by seizing and delivering the specified property directly to the creditor. If the property cannot be found, or if delivery can not be made, the writ may be returned to court and reissued as a money judgment writ for the value of the specific property.

PDF Personal Property (Writ of Possession) Form
Writ of Sale (Real Property)

A Writ of Sale is issued for the purpose of selling specific real or personal property. It is most commonly used to enforce a judicial foreclosure of a mortgage, deed or lien. The property is sold in conformance with the judgment for sale of the property. A writ of sale delivered to the levying officer must be accompanied by a certified copy of the judgment for sale.

PDFWrit of Sale (Real Property) Form
Writ of Execution (Real Property)

The judgment debtor's interest in real property may be levied upon and sold under a writ of execution to satisfy a money judgment . The judgment creditor must supply an adequate description of the property (both a legal description and common street address, if any); whether the debtor has a leasehold interest, and whether, or not, the property contains a dwelling or is vacant land. The instructions must also include the names and addresses of all other persons having an interest in the property as indicated by records of the county assessor.

PDFWrit of Execution (Real Property) Form
Vehicle Levy

A judgment debtor's vehicle may be levied upon and sold under a writ of execution to satisfy a money judgment. The judgment creditor's instructions should describe the vehicle as thoroughly as possible. The instructions should include the license number, V.I.N. number, make, model, color and location of the vehicle. If the judgment debtor has only one motor vehicle, the debtor is entitled to an automatic $3,050.00 exemption. This means the debtor would receive $3,050.00 from the proceeds of the execution sale. If no bids exceed $3,050.00 the vehicle would be released to the debtor.

PDFVehicle Levy Form
Writ of Attachment

A Writ of Attachment is issued prior to judgment and is used to levy on the defendant's interest in real or personal property as authorized in the writ. The purpose of an attachment is to secure the defendant's assets to assure such assets remain available for execution at the time a final money judgment is entered. The court may issue the writ upon the plaintiff establishing, to the court's satisfaction, that there is "probable validity" that the plaintiff will prevail in the action and there is cause to believe the defendant's assets may not be available at the time judgment is entered.

PDFWrit of Attachment Form
Application and Order to Produce Statement of Assets and to Appear for Examination

If you have a judgment against a person, but are unaware of the debtor's assets, you can go to the court and get an Order for Examination of a Judgment Debtor. An Order for Examination of a Judgment Debtor requires the judgment debtor to appear before the court, to furnish information to aid in the enforcement of a money judgment. The order informs the debtor that he is required to appear on a date and location specified in the order and will be required to answer questions concerning his financial assets. Boldface lettering on the bottom of the order informs the debtor that a failure to appear may result in a civil bench warrant being issued for the debtor's arrest.

PDF Application and Order to Produce Statement of Assets Form
PDF Example
Summons and Complaint

A summons is a written notice, which usually is accompanied by the complaint, notifying the defendant and the court that the complaint has been served on all relevant parties and listing the date of the first court appearance for the lawsuit.

PDFSummons and Complaint Form
PDF Example
Summons and Petition

Purpose of Process. The court obtains jurisdiction of the case when the summons and petition is served. The parties are also restrained from removing minor children and transferring community property.

PDFSummons and Petition Form
PDF Example
Plaintiff's Claim and Order to Defendant

The correct way of notifying the defendant about the lawsuit and requiring his or her appearance is called service of process. This means giving a copy of Plaintiffs Claim (SC-100) to each defendant, which contains the hearing date, time and location so the defendant knows where and when to come to court.

PDFPlaintiff's Claim and Order to Defendant Form
PDF Example
Temporary Restraining Order (Domestic Violence)

A domestic violence restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from abuse or threats of abuse from someone they have a close relationship with.

PDFTemporary Restraining Order (Domestic Violence) Form
Temporary Restraining Order (Civil Harassment)

Civil harassment restraining order (can be used for neighbors, roommates, coworkers, or more distant family members like cousins, uncle or aunt, etc.

PDFTemporary Restraining Order (Civil Harassment) Form
Temporary Restraining Order (Elder Abuse)

Elder or dependent adult abuse restraining order (if the person being abused is 65 or older; or between 18 and 64 and a dependent adult).

PDFTemporary Restraining Order (Elder Abuse) Form
Temporary Restraining Order (Workplace Violence)

Filed by an employer to protect an employee from violence, stalking, or harassment by another person.

PDFTemporary Restraining Order Form


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The Riverside County Sheriff's Court Services Division does not accept personal checks for civil process fees.
Cash, cashier's check, or money order must accompany requests for services.

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