Serving Documents

civilThe Civil Unit lobby is now open to the public.

You may also utilize the lock box drop-off for the Civil Unit, Alarm Permits, or CHL business, 24/7, which is located in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office. We will still be serving and enforcing court orders, including restraining orders. Please call the Civil Unit at (503) 846-2537, if you have any questions.


The Civil Unit 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 Civil Unit also administers the removal of vehicles abandoned on county roadways. The Sheriff may also sell real or personal property as ordered by the courts.


Civil Unit staff, who 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 serves the documents to the person named on the paper or, if the law allows, to a responsible party.


The Civil Unit also processes and serves criminal subpoenas for the District Attorney and the Juvenile Department. 


Please note, the only location that receives civil papers for services is the Hillsboro office. 


Service Fees - cash, check or money order only

Generally, there is a fee charged to process and serve civil papers. State law or county ordinance sets the fee that is charged for our services. Checks or money orders for fees should be made payable to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.


Type of Document to be Served

Fees (ORS 21.300)

Fee Beginning 7/1/21


Notice Process
(Summons and complaint with or without attachments, small claims notices, eviction summons and complaint, notice of restitution, citation, subpoena, orders, etc.)

For more than two parties at one address, the fee is $28.00 per person.

1-2 parties (same address)


3 parties (same address) $28ea.


4 parties (same address) $28ea.


5 parties (same address) $28ea.


Writs of Garnishment



Writ of Execution in Judgment of Restitution
(Please note that "et al" or "All Other Occupants" is a party to be served and counts towards the total fee)



Enforcement Actions
(Property seizure, writ, or order of assistance, or writ of execution)



Conveyance of Real Property
(Sheriff’s Deed, Certificate of Redemption, or other conveyance of real property



Mileage in excess of 75 miles round trip




Contact the Civil Unit

To check the status of a document submitted for service, please follow this link to search by court case number, or the plaintiff's or defendant's name.  You may also call the Civil Unit at (503) 846-2537, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


For Legal Advice, Contact an Attorney

By law, the Civil Unit is not permitted to give legal advice. Please consult an attorney for any legal guidance. You may also wish to contact the Oregon State Bar at (503) 620-0222.