Civil Process
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The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is responsible for serving all civil process as directed by the court system. Deputies deliver a timely notice to a person or legal entity (business or organization) of pending legal action in which they somehow may be involved. The notice may be in that form of a variety of legal documents and must be served in accordance with the law as it pertains to that particular document. These papers include, but not limited to, subpoenas, notices, orders, complaints, and summonses for both Civil and Criminal cases.

The Civil Process Division is also responsible for executing evictions, levies, seizures and public auctions.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday (7am to 4pm)

Phone number: (757) 441-1321 (after hour’s voice mail messages will be answered the following business day)

Fax number (757) 441-1344

Federal Express/United Parcel Address/Office:

Sheriff/High Constable of Norfolk
Civil Process
125 St. Pauls Blvd. Suite #211
Norfolk, VA 23510

Post Office mailing address:

Sheriff/High Constable of Norfolk
Civil Process
P.O. Box 2811
Norfolk, VA 23501


Evictions

Procedure:

Step 1- Five Day Notice: When a tenant’s rent is late, the landlord may give the tenant five day notice to pay the amount or they will seek eviction.

Step 2- Summons in Unlawful Detainer: If the landlord does not receive payment after five days, they may obtain a Summons in Unlawful Detainer. A judge will issue the summons against the tenant, which deputies shall serve the papers to the tenant within five days.

Step 3- Writ of Possession in Unlawful Detainer: When landlords receive judgment in their favor, they can obtain a Writ of Possession from the court. This give the Sheriff authority to remove the tenant and his or her belongings from the property.

The tenant has the right to appeal the judgment within ten days. If no appeal is filed, the eviction will move forward.

A landlord can win immediate possession of the property with a court order, but the Sheriff’s Office must post 72-hour notice.

Step 4- Notice to Tenant: The Sheriff must give notice of the date and time of the eviction at least 72 hours in advance.

*In the event of extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances, such as undue hardship on the tenant, the Sheriff may reset the eviction date at no additional charge.

*All confiscated items will be inventoried using a Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Property-Evidence Voucher Form, and turned over to the Property and Evidence Manager.


Payments

For any out of state service: $80.00 
Interrogatory summons: $24.00
Garnishments:$24.00
Writ of FieriFacias/Levy: $25.00
Writ of Eviction/Repossession:$25.00 for the first person,$12.00 for additional person on Writ 
Most all other service fees: $12.00 

Make check payable to: High Constable

Sheriff/High Constable of Norfolk
Civil Process
125 St. Pauls Blvd. Suite #211
Norfolk, VA 23510

OR Post Office mailing address

Sheriff/High Constable of Norfolk
Civil Process
P.O. Box 2811
Norfolk, VA 23501

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