About Court Services Fees

Statutory Fees

The fees for service of civil processes are set in accordance with the California Government Code, 26720 et. seq. The Riverside County Sheriff's Court Services Division does not accept personal checks for civil process fees. Payment by cash, cashier's check, or money order must accompany requests for services.

Expenses Beyond Normal Office Hours

Sworn deputy sheriffs are required to be available to respond to handle any problem that might arise during the course of any on-going levy (such as a keeper levy at the judgment debtor's business). However, overtime is generally not authorized for deputies to enforce process originating from civil litigation, nor are deputy's hours adjusted to accommodate levies being initiated or monitored beyond normal working hours.

Extra Duty Hours

However, on a voluntary basis, deputies may work "extra duty hours." Extra duty hourly rates and vehicle mileage rates are regulated by the Riverside Sheriff's Department and approved by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. If you wish to avoid these additional expenses, you may (in writing) authorize the Sheriff to conduct the levy during the civil bureau's normal office hours and to stop the levy to avoid any additional expenses.

Levy Deposits

Levy deposits are estimates of costs based upon the combination of statutory fees and anticipated expenses related to performing a particular type of levy. Additional deposits may be required in order to offset expenses related to the handling of inventory, moving, safekeeping of property, and conducting execution sales. A deposit, sufficient to pay the costs of seizing and storing property, is a prerequisite to the performance of any levy by the Sheriff's Civil Office.

The Sheriff's statutory fees and expenses related to the enforcement of a money judgment will increase the total amount to satisfy the judgment. Any portion of the creditor's deposit that is not actually used will be refunded to the judgment creditor within a reasonable time after completion of all enforcement efforts. When the original writ is returned to the court, the Sheriff must prepare an accounting report (writ return) crediting all partial satisfactions and added costs.