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Civil Process

The State of Alabama confers on the Sheriff the duty of executing civil service. The purpose of service is to inform the defendant of the action filed against them. The civil process consists of subpoenas, evictions, garnishments, divorce papers, small claims, writs and executions, protection from abuse orders and various other civil process, as well as probate matters such as mental commitments. Sheriff's sales are also conducted by the Civil Division. The deputies assigned to the Civil Division are full time sworn officers and carry out other routine duties in addition to civil process. They are assigned specific areas within the county. These documents must be served in a timely manner and will in many cases require a response from the defendant back to the court. Some civil process will come from other jurisdictions, both in-state and out-of-state.  The administrative support staff in the Sheriff's Office performs the data entry once received by the Courts.

Effective January 9, 2024

All (IN STATE) civil process service received from another county should be received from the St. Clair County Circuit Clerk's Office along with any applicable fee (25.00) before being served by a St. Clair County deputy.

Likewise, any (OUT OF STATE) civil process service should be received from the Court Clerk of that State along with the applicable fee (50.00) before being served by a St. Clair County deputy.

Please call for more information- 205-884-6840 or 205-594-2140




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