The State of Oregon mandates all county sheriff's offices maintain a Civil Division. It is the duty of the sheriff to execute the process and orders of the courts and of judicial officers, when delivered to the sheriff for that purpose. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is responsible for service of the following: summons, instructions, criminal and civil subpoenas, complaints, petitions, small claims, court orders, evictions, restraining orders, and numerous types of writs.
The sheriff also collects monies to satisfy judgments through wage garnishments, “till taps,” and property executions. The sheriff seizes and sells both real and personal property at sheriff’s sales to satisfy judgments.
The number of papers received for service by JCSO grows steadily and is nearing 22,000 annually. Oregon Revised Statues provide for the collection of fees for many types of process served by the sheriff. These fees, along with those received for fingerprinting and concealed handgun licenses (CHL), generate thousands of dollars in revenue for Jackson County.
The Civil Division's hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (closed for lunch from 12:30 through 1:00 p.m.).