Civil Process

The Office of the Sheriff - Civil Process Unit, which operates out of 77 Hamilton Street, is utilized by attorneys for plaintiffs, as well as pro se plaintiffs, in an effort to institute civil actions, enforce judgments and satisfy money judgments. This is accomplished by the service of summonses and complaints and the execution of various Writs of Executions by the officers assigned to the Civil Process Unit.

The purpose of service of process is:


  • To give the court jurisdiction over the defendant.
  • To inform the defendant.
  • To bring the defendant into court.
  • To afford the defendant the opportunity to answer the complaint


Civil Process is governed by New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.) and New Jersey Rules of the Court. In absence of law, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) have been established. The Sheriff's duties are to act as an agent of the plaintiff. The Sheriff, by law, (N.J.S.A. 22A:4-8) is entitled to charge a fee and mileage for all services rendered, whether successfully served or returned as unserved. The Sheriff, by the same law, is entitled to charge commission in some instances, on monies collected in satisfaction of money judgments. All fees, mileages and commissions are turned over to the County Treasurer on a monthly basis.