Civil
The Civil Section of the Sheriff’s Office serves the public by serving Writs and Bench Warrants. A deputy sheriff will process court ordered  evictions, wage garnishments, bank levies, and attachments to real and personal property. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Sheriff's Office Civil Staff, although highly trained, are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice. You may need to consult an attorney specializing in civil matters to help you.

Personnel is available to answer questions during regular business hours at (530) 621-5665.
Monday through Friday 08:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.  
Closed for lunch from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

Civil Resources, Information and Links:

FORMS:

Per CCP 262, The Levying Office must receive signed written instructions with all service requests. 
  • Bank Levy Instructions: State required instructions (you complete) accompany your Court certified Writ of Execution and Fee to attempt collection of a civil debt by levying a debtor's bank account.
  • Unlawful Detainer Instructions:    State required instructions (you complete) accompany your Court certified Writ of Possession and Fee to complete the process of eviction.
  • Real Property Levy Instructions:  State required instructions (you complete) accompany your Court certified Writ of Execution, Sale, Attachment, or Possession and Fee to Levy, Sell, Attach, and/or Seize Real Property of a Judgment Debtor. 
  • Temporary Restraining Order Instructions:  State required instructions (you complete) accompany your Court certified Temporary Restraining Order (and sometimes fee) to attempt service on the restrained party.
  • General Instructions:  State required instructions (you complete) accompany Civil Service Processes and Fees for Services that have not been mentioned above.  As El Dorado Sheriff's Office is a Limited Service facility, please call to verify your documents will be accepted for service. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:   

AS A LANDLORD, HOW DO I EVICT A TENANT?
A Guide for Landlords is available at http://courts.ca.gov/1288.htm 
The collection process must begin with court action.  To determine if your case is a Small Claims or Limited Civil, go to http://courts.ca.gov/1062.htm
Help with filling out forms can be obtained by visiting the El Dorado County Law Library.  A Deputy Sheriff will perform an eviction only after a court order and writ have been issued.

SOMEONE OWES ME MONEY, HOW CAN I COLLECT?
The collection process must begin with court action. To determine if your case is a Small Claims or Limited Civil, go to http://courts.ca.gov/1062.htm


I HAVE A JUDGMENT AGAINST AN INDIVIDUAL OR ENTITY, HOW CAN I COLLECT?
After you obtain your judgment, you need to get a Writ from the Court.  A Writ authorizes and commands the Sheriff to take action on the debt.  There are several methods to collect judgment through the Sheriff’s Office:
  • Attach Wages
  • Levy (seize) Bank Accounts
  • Attach Real and Personal Property
For a guide and more ways to collect your judgment, go to http://courts.ca.gov/1179.htm
Once you obtain your Writ and decide how you want to collect, the Sheriff’s Civil Unit can help you proceed.

MY WAGES ARE BEING ATTACHED!  HOW CAN I REDUCE OR STOP THE GARNISHMENT?
Your employer was given a packet of paperwork for you when he/she was served the garnishment.  Make sure you read your packet carefully and completely.  You may be eligible for a Claim of Exemption.
The Claim of Exemption form is available at the Sheriff’s Office Civil Unit or you can find one online at http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/wg006.pdf
The Claim of Exemption must be accompanied by a Financial Statement, available at the Sheriff’s Office Civil Unit or found online at 
http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/wg007.pdf

MY BANK ACCOUNT HAS BEEN LEVIED!  HOW CAN I CONTEST THIS?
The Sheriff’s Civil Unit mailed you a packet when your bank account was levied.  If you did not receive a packet, it is most likely we do not have a current address for you.  If you did not receive a packet call the Sheriff’s Civil Unit as soon as possible.
There is information in the packet regarding exemptions.  Read your packet carefully and completely.  If you qualify for a Claim of Exemption there is a time limit in which you must apply.  Refer to your packet for details.
A Claim of Exemption form is available at the Sheriff’s Office Civil Unit or online at http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/ej160.pdf