Pursuant to Missouri statute the Sheriff's Office is the primary law enforcement agency required to serve various forms of civil process. Generally, this is a process that includes personal service of civil and/or criminal court documents. These documents are generally filed in the circuit clerk's office and are then transferred to the Sheriff's Office for service. These court filings include land disputes, divorces, garnishments, executions, subpoena's, and other legal disputes. We serve between 1000 and 1500 documents each year.
The Sheriff's Office is also tasked with civil process involving landlord and tenant disputes. The Sheriff's Office generally serves a notice of eviction or notice of tenancy. The Missouri Attorney General's Office has a landlord/tenant booklet that provides basic legal information regarding the rights of the landlord and tenant. The Sheriff's Office has the available or you can request your own through the Missouri Attorney General's website.
The Sheriff's Office is also required to serve various orders of protection. This includes child orders and adult orders or protection. These documents are obtained through the circuit clerks office as well.
The Sheriff's Office collects a $30.00 fee along with a mileage fee for most civil process. This does not include orders of protection or criminal matters.
If you have questions regarding civil process please contact the Sheriff's Office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.