WHAT IS CIVIL PROCESS?
The Civil Process Division of Wayne County is responsible for a number of duties designated by the courts. The Civil Division Officer acts as a court liaison,
or officer for the court. The Civil Division is to perform duties for the court such as the service of civil process paperwork. This can include, but is not limited
to summons, subpoenas, restraining orders, notices, sheriff sales, executions, and orders to appear.
CIVIL PROCESS DEFINITIONS
If you have been unable to find a specific definition of civil process, please contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at (765) 973-9393, and simply ask for the Civil Process Division. Someone will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
There are many different types of civil process paperwork that the Civil Process Division serves each day. Many of the different types of the civil paperwork can be left at the door of the defendant or with someone at the residence other than the defendant. Another copy of the paperwork is then mailed to the defendant, according to state statute. This type of paper is referred to as a "leaver".
Paperwork that cannot be left at a residence, either on the door or with someone at the residence is called a "reader". This type of paperwork is usually an order to appear, some type of restraining order, or some type of order that if an appearance is not made a warrant will be issued. If the defendant is not home at the time that service is attempted, the Civil Process Officer will leave a note directing the defendant to come to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office to pick up his/her paperwork. The note will designate dates and times when the civil process paperwork can be picked up. If the defendant fails to pick up his/her paperwork, the court may find that punishment upon the defendant is probable.
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