The Civil division is responsible for booking, serving, and enforcing court orders and a variety of other documents issued by the courts. Examples of civil papers include small claim notices, writs of garnishment, restraining orders, and foreclosures of real or personal property. The Sheriff may also sell real or personal property as ordered by the courts.
Civil staffs that are trained in civil process ensure all court orders are processed in accordance with Oregon law and the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure. After ensuring the papers are complete, a civil deputy delivers the documents to the person named on the paper or, if the law allows, to a responsible party.
The Civil Unit also serves criminal subpoenas for the District Attorney.