Court Services/Civil Process

The Civil Process Division under the leadership of Captain Donny Phillips, Sgt. Greg Dixon and Sgt. Mike Ramsey consists of a total of 13 full-time, 4 part-time deputies, and 3 administrative personnel. This division is responsible for the service of all civil processes, court orders, and warrants from Superior, State, Magistrate, Juvenile, and Probate Court. Deputies provide security for the courthouse and all courts. They are responsible for most prisoner transports and extraditions. They also do mental health transports as required by Georgia law.

In 2011, the division served 4,211 civil papers, 135 Temporary Protective Orders, and 1,361 warrants. The division also provided 11,057 man hours of courtroom and court house security and transported over 629 prisoners, traveling over 73,000 miles. The Court Services Division logged over 300,000 miles while performing their duties.

In 2011 two of our administrative personnel were trained as GCIC Terminal Agency Coordinators and have assumed some of the duties associated with that designation.

The division prides itself on the efficient use of taxpayers’ resources along with professionalism.

 

Court Services Frequently Asked Questions 

I have civil papers that need to be served in Walker county where do I send them?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            All civil papers  to be served  along with the proper service fee amount should sent to:

Walker County Sheriff’s Office

Attn: Civil Process

P.O. Box 767 (Mailing Address)

105 S. Duke St. (Physical Address)

Lafayette, GA 30728

How much are the service fees to have a civil papers served?

The fees set by Georgia state law are as follows:

 Serving copy of process and returning original, per copy:  $50.00

Serving process against tenant or intruder upon land to dispossess:  $25.00 

For dispossessing tenant or intruder:  $25.00

 

” I Want To Go and Get My Property” What do I do?

As a general rule we can only do what we are ordered to do by any Georgia Court (Family Violence orders from other states is an exception to the rule since they can be enforced or served throughout the United States).

 

‘I Have A Court Order to Get My Child and I Need Your Help!”

As a general rule we can only do what we are ordered to do by any Georgia Court (Family Violence orders from other states is an exception to the rule since they can be enforced or served throughout the United States). If the court has entered a order and the other party is failing to comply you should consult with a private attorney about the possibility of filing a contempt of court action.

“Dispossessory Proceeding”

Once we receive a Dispossessory Proceeding from the court we make every attempt to promptly serve the Dispossessory. Your address for service must be correct since this address will be used when and if  the Magistrate Court issues a Writ of Possession to Evict. The deputy serving the dispossessory will enter a last date to answer on the Dispossessory and the service sheet. A copy of that service sheet will be mailed to you by U.S. Mail.

“Eviction (Writ of Possession)”

Evictions (Writs of Possession) are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. You can contact Civil Process at 706-638-1909 ext 229 to schedule the eviction. A fee of $25.00 will be billed to you for the eviction [this fee is set by state law, O.C.G.A. .15-16-21(b.)(12)].  We schedule  evictions to be completed in two (2) hours. Please schedule enough help to keep in the time limit. Deputies do not assist in the physical removal of property.  

The answers to these questions are for information only and are not meant to take the place of legal advice from a attorney.

  

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