Civil Unit

The Mono County Sheriff's Department 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 and immediate move-out orders, serve civil bench warrants and enforce civil judgments. Enforcement of civil judgments can include: levy on and sell personal property to satisfy money judgments, collect proceeds of sales transactions from small businesses to satisfy money judgments and seizing property and turning it over to the plaintiff in a civil action.

The Civil Deputy processes all incoming requests for service, distributes process service and enforcement actions to the field deputies for completion. All monies collected pursuant to 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.

Legal Process Serving
If you are in need of formal delivery of items: subpoenas, levies, eviction notices, etc., please contact our Civil Deputy at (760) 932-7549 ext. 113 or via mail at PO Box 616 Bridgeport, CA 93517.

Persons wishing to submit civil process for service by the Mono County Sheriff's Department are required to include:

  • A signed LETTER OF INSTRUCTION to the department including:
  1. The full name of party to be served (if husband and wife, may need two services).
     
  2. The physical address of the residence and/or the place of business where the above mentioned parties may be found (NO PO Boxes). Add all information possible on subject to be served. This helps us locate the people we are trying to serve. Example: phone numbers, vehicle make, color of vehicle, where they work, etc.
     
  3. Describe the type of process, list the titles of documents (usually found at the bottom of the papers) such as: Summons and Complaint; Writ of Execution; Notice of Hearing; etc. and the type of service desired.
  • The ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS and copies - proper on their face, issued by the court as legal documents or from the requesting person - MUST be submitted in a timely manor if pending court date.
     
  • Enclose a SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE.
     
  • Enclose proper PAYMENT for service (check only, made out to Mono County Sheriff's Department).

In complex cases involving levies, auto levies, real estate levies, and sales, etc., please contact the Civil Division at (760) 932-7549 ext. 113 for further assistance.

 

Civil Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I submit a civil paper for service?

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

 

               Please mail to: Mono County Sheriff’s Department

                                           P.O. Box 616

                                           Bridgeport, CA 93517

                                           Attn: Civil Unit

 

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

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

 

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

Yes, but you must make an appointment with the civil unit to schedule this. The Bridgeport Station service counter has variable hours and the civil office is staffed Mon- Thursday. Papers must be accompanied by a signed letter of instruction ( A letter you can fill in is available on line or can be provided to you by our staff.) you must also pay the processing fee unless you have a waiver from the court. (Please see below on how to contact the civil unit.)

 

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 served may be found. It must be a physical address within Mono County.  For Temporary Restraining Orders/Notice of Hearing, you may be able to process the service through the Mono County Superior Court. It is imperative we have complete instructions telling us if the person you want 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. (The letter of instructions can be downloaded/printed from the website section found at the bottom of the page under Supporting Documents.)

 

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. (Some services like evictions are

$145.00 and Wage Garnishments are $35.00. please ask the civil officer or see fee schedule for more details.)

 

Are there any other fees required?

For out of state process that requires a notary, please attach a separate check payable to Mammoth Business Essentials for the Notary fee of $ 15.00

 

How long does it take to serve the papers?

Papers are processed in the order received. It may take three weeks or more to process and complete a 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 in order 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 at a physical address within the county. This includes the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Naval Weapons Training Center near Bridgeport.

 

What do I get once the service is done?

The civil unit will mail you a receipt for the fee and a Proof Of Service or Declaration Of Diligence stating the date, time and place served and who served or list attempts of unsuccessful  service. The minimum are 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 Please contact the civil officer for details on different fees and detailed instructions for service.

 

How can I correspond with the civil unit?

You can phone and leave a message on the civil unit line 760-932-5276  (Ext 113) and we will return your call to provide further information. You should call an Attorney for any legal advice.

You may also email us at civil@monosheriff.org

 

Can I report a crime to the civil unit?

Please call the dispatcher (760-932-7549  Ext. 7 or 911 in an emergency and/or to report a crime. The civil office is not staffed 24hr daily.

 

 

Fees and Services
Questions about fees, services and/or required documents not addressed by this website can be directed to the Civil Deputy. Also, for specific information as to what documents our office serves, and other required fees and costs not shown on the Fee Schedule, please contact the Civil Deputy.

Evictions
Evicting tenants who refuse to pay rent or who damage your property may become a lengthy legal proceeding. The Sheriff's Department can assist you by serving paperwork and, as a last resort, physically remove recalcitrant tenants. Be aware that evictions can get complicated so be prepared to seek qualified legal counsel. Please refer to the Eviction Guide below for further information.

Information regarding Landlord-Tenant rights and responsibilities can be found at the Department of Consumer Affairs website.

Contact Information:
Mono County Sheriff's Department Civil Unit
PO Box 616
49 Bryant Street
Bridgeport, CA 93517
(760) 932-7549 ext. 113
civil@monosheriff.org