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Introduction

The Sheriff is required to serve all judicial process in the manner prescribed by law.  We have provided Information Guides and Sheriff's Instructions forms for most types of process service and enforcement actions to better inform you of our policies and procedures. However, please be aware that only an attorney is allowed to give legal advice, not the Sheriff.


Sheriff is required by law to charge fees for most civil process actions. You must pay a fee deposit, in advance, from which the Sheriff will deduct fees. Fee deposits range from $30 for a wage garnishment to $3500 or more to levy on a business. The fee and fee deposit are listed in the Information Guides for each type of process service and enforcement action. 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 your judgment and increases the amount the debtor must pay to fully satisfy the case.

Signed instructions directing the Sheriff to serve process or perform an enforcement action are required. The instructions must be signed by your attorney or by you, if you don't have an attorney. A Sheriff's Instructions form accompanies the Information Guide for each type of process or enforcement action. If you do not find the type of process or enforcement action listed, you may click Sheriff's Instructions (Miscellaneous) below for a general purpose form. The Sheriff's Instructions form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Click here to download the free Acrobat Reader from Adobe.

Sheriff's Instruction (Miscellaneous) form may be used if your process or enforcement action is not listed under PROCESS SERVICE or ENFORCEMENT. Please telephone the serving Branch to ascertain the proper fee deposit amount and any special requirements for service. If your matter involves a child custody case from a court outside California, you should telephone the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Child Abduction Section (213 974-7424), which is specially funded and trained to be of assistance. Also, the Sheriff only serves judicial process and will not serve dunning or late payment notices, invoices, letters or other non-legal documents. Click for Sheriff's Instructions (Miscellaneous)


Civil Process Types and Fees
 
Description
Fee Deposit
APPLICATION AND ORDER FOR APPEARANCE AND EXAMINATION

$35.00

BANK GARNISHMENT (WRIT OF EXECUTION/ATTACHMENT)

$35.00

BUSINESS SEIZURE (WRIT OF ATTACHMENT) $300.00
CLAIM AND DELIVERY (WRIT OF POSSESSION) $300 or more
EARNINGS WITHHOLDING ORDER  $ 30.00  
NOTICE OF HEARING AND TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER (ELDER ABUSE) NONE
KEEPER 8-HOUR (WRIT OF ATTACHMENT) $300.00
KEEPER 8-HOUR (WRIT OF EXECUTION) $300.00
KEEPER CASH-ONLY (WRIT OF ATTACHMENT) $300.00
KEEPER CASH-ONLY (WRIT OF EXECUTION) $300.00
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE AND TEMPORARY ORDERS (FAMILY LAW) $35.00  
NOTICE OF HEARING AND TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE) NONE 
NOTICE OF HEARING AND TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER (CIVIL HARASSMENT) $35.00  
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE AND TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER (UNIFORM PARENTAGE ACT) $35.00  
PERSONAL PROPERTY (WRIT OF POSSESSION) - EXECUTION $85.00  
PLAINTIFF'S CLAIM AND ORDER TO DEFENDANT $35.00  
SUMMONS AND COMPLAINTS $35.00  
SUMMONS AND PETITION $35.00  
VEHICLE LEVY (WRIT OF EXECUTION) $1,500.00  
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE AND TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER (WORKPLACE VIOLENCE) NONE
WRIT OF POSSESSION (REAL PROPERTY) - EVICTION $125.00  
   

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