Civil Unit

contact information:
physical address: 49 Bryant street 
mailing address: P.O. BOX 616
Bridgeport, ca 93517
760-932-5276
email: civil@monosheriff.org

 

public hours:
office: 7:00 - 3:00 PM
telephone: 7:00 - 3:00 Pm
Monday - Thursday 

 

general information

 

The Mono County Sheriff's Office Civil Unit is comprised of a single Deputy Sheriff working in conjunction with all other sworn and non-sworn staff throughout the county.

The Civil Unit is dedicated to civil enforcement and process service. Sworn personnel perform evictions throughout the county. They also serve restraining orders, immediate move-out orders, civil bench warrants, and enforce civil judgments. Enforcement of civil judgments can include: a levy on, and sale of personal property to satisfy money judgments, collect proceeds of sales transactions from small businesses to satisfy money judgments, seizing property, and turning it over to the plaintiff in a civil action.

The Civil Deputy processes all incoming service requests, distributes process service and enforcement actions to the field deputies for completion. All monies collected under wage garnishments, bank levies, and other enforcement actions will be distributed to the judgment creditor(s) or a designee towards satisfying the judgment. The Civil Deputy processes claims, stays, exemptions, and bankruptcies on civil enforcement actions and communicates with the courts to determine dispositions.

The Civil Unit serves Civil process in the manner prescribed by law. Civil process includes summons and complaints, small claims documents for a civil lawsuit, restraining orders, bench warrants, evictions and any other notice or order from the courts. We also levy on wages, bank accounts, vehicles or any asset of the judgment debtor. All requests for service or levy must include a signed letter of instructions to the Sheriff and a fee for service or order of the court waiving the Sheriff's fee for service. All documents must be received in our office a minimum of 10 days prior to the last day for service.

Public counter hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:00am to 3:00pm. If you need to drop off a service packet outside of these posted hours of operation, please contact the Civil Unit during business hours to make arrangements.  

The Sheriff provides a cost effective, credible service and successfully serves most defendants. However, the case is civil in nature and the Sheriff cannot utilize criminal investigative tactics such as stakeouts or computer inquiries (DMV, arrest records, etc.) to serve process, therefore we cannot guarantee service.

 
sheriff's instructions:

 

Signed instructions directing the Sheriff to serve process or perform an enforcement action are required (CCP 262). The instructions must be signed by the your attorney, or by you, if you don't have an attorney. The instruction from must me completed in it's entirety. The form requires the following information:

  • Requestor's (this can be the plaintiff/plaintiff's attorney, etc) name.
  • The documents to be served. Form name and/or form number should be listed. 
  • The full name of the defendant or person who is to be served. Business name if the service is on a business. Phone number, place of employment, vehicle descriptions, etc. 
  • A PHYSICAL ADDRESS where the person or business to be served can be found. No P.O. Boxes.
  • The case title.
  • The court case number, court location, and the date of hearing if there is a hearing date.
  • The Sheriff's Instructions MUST BE SIGNED.  Failure to do so may result in the Civil Process will be returned to the requestor.
  • The requestor's address information. This includes a mailing address where all communication, refunds, collections, proof's of service, or other documents can me sent. 
  • Additional comments: officer safety information, gated community code, unit of the top level around back, etc. Any information that would help the serving deputy complete the service safety and quickly. 
***sheriff's instructions link at the bottom of the page***
 
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

  • Documents MUST be proper on their face, issued by the court as legal documents or from the requesting person and MUST be submitted promptly if pending court date.
  • Enclose a SELF ADDRESS STAMPED ENVELOPE
  • Enclose proper payment for service. (money order or check)(cash payment only accepted at counter) Make checks payable to the Mono County Sheriff's Office.  
  • See the fee schedule below to determine the fees associated with you service request. 
In complex cases involving levies, auto levies, real estate levies, and sales, etc., please contact the Civil Division at (760) 932-8276 for further assistance.
 
 
Change of Address Request

 

If you are a company or attorney and need to change your address with the Civil Bureau, please mail a signed request to change your address on your company letterhead and reference your Levy Officer File number, Court Case number and Case Title. 

 

fees in general:

 

The Sheriff is required by law to charge fees for most civil process actions. You must pay the fee deposit, in advance, which ranges from less than fifty dollars for a typical service or thousands of dollars to levy on a business. 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 fees are added to the judgment and increases the amount the debtor must pay to fully satisfy the case. In most cases the Sheriff is entitled to their fee whether the service/levy is successful or unsuccessful pursuant to Govt. Code 26736 and Govt. Code 26738.

***fee and deposit link at the bottom of the page***

 

 
Eviction Procedure

 

The procedure for eviction, once the writ is delivered to the Sheriff for serving, is spelled out in Section 1174 of the Code of Civil Procedure. From the date of service of the writ by the Sheriff the tenant is given five (5) days to vacate the premises. If the tenant fails to move out within the 5 day period, the Sheriff must conduct a forcible eviction. The SHERIFF'S OFFICE CANNOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE, or stop an eviction. If you received an eviction notice, it is your responsibility to seek legal advice and/or other assistance. Below are two links to California Gov websites that can assist both landlords and tenants with understanding the eviction process. 

https://www.courts.ca.gov/

http://landlordtenant.dre.ca.gov/

 

Civil Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I submit a civil paper for service?

Please mail us a copy of the documents to be served along with the fee, a signed letter of instruction, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. For some services such as levies, we need the original stamped documents you received from the court. 

Mono County Sheriff's Office

P.O. Box 616

Bridgeport, CA 93517              

 

Can I email papers and pay for service with a credit card?

No. We do NOT currently accept electronic payment or credit cards for service and do NOT accept civil papers by email.

 

Can I bring the papers to you at the Sheriff’s Station?

Yes. However, you must make an appointment with the civil unit to schedule this. The Bridgeport Office service counter has variable hours and the civil office is staffed Mon- Thursday. 

 

Why do I need to do a letter of instruction? What does it say?

We must have a signed letter of instruction from the Plaintiff or their Attorney directing us to where the person you want to be served may be found. It must be a physical address within Mono County. It is imperative we have complete instructions telling us if the person you want to be served has weapons, aggressive dogs, or other things that could pose a risk to our staff during service. It is also important we have your phone number to contact you if there are any questions. Complex services can require more detailed instructions. 

***SHERIFF'S INSTRUCTIONS link AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE***

 

Are all the service fees the same?

No. There can be different service fees depending on the type of service. Please contact the civil officer for details on different fees and detailed instructions for service. The most typical service fee is $40.00 (exact change required if cash- Checks made payable to Mono County Sheriff’s Department. 

 

Are there any other fees required?

For out of state process that requires a notary, add $15.00 to your service cost total. Example: $40.00 service plus $15.00 notary fee, total fee for services is $55.00. 

 

How long does it take to serve the papers?

Papers are processed in the order received. We complete all services as quick as possible. However, it may take three weeks or more to process and complete the service. There are also mailing delays and timelines for certain services. If you are submitting papers that have a court date, please submit the papers AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS  in advance of the court date. Defendants in certain cases are required to be served well ahead of the court date to be able to prepare. This is especially true for out-of-county or out-of-state cases.

 

What areas do you cover for serving civil papers?

Our office serves papers to subjects working or residing within Mono County. The service address MUST be a physical address within Mono County. This includes the town of Mammoth Lakes.

 

What do I get once the service is done?

The Civil Unit will mail you a receipt for the fee(s) paid and a Proof of Service or Declaration Of Diligence stating the date, time, place served, and who served or lists attempts of unsuccessful service. The minimum is three different attempts on different dates and times.

 

What if my service is very complicated?

Complicated civil like evictions, bank levies, wage garnishments, and property sales need special instructions, fees, and processing. The Writ of Execution forms issued by the courts can be used to perform multiple functions. Occasionally, there are errors or omissions on these documents. We need them to be complete and accurate to accomplish levies or evictions. We are unable to perform these services if the orders are incomplete or not proper on their face. Contact the Civil Unit if you need assistance. 

 

How can I correspond with the civil unit?

You can phone and leave a message on the civil unit line 760-932-7549 Ext# 8276 and we will return your call to provide further information. You may also email us at civil@monosheriff.org

 

For crime reporting please call the dispatcher at 760-932-7549  Ext# 7 or 911 to report an emergency.