Civil Process

General Information

The primary function of the civil process unit is the "service of process."

Civil process is defined as "the writ or mandate that serves as the means used for bringing a defendant to court to answer in an action or proceeding, civil or criminal." It is the responsibility of the sheriff's department to serve or execute according to law, all processes, writs, precepts, and orders issued or made by lawful authority according to Wisconsin State Statute 59.27 (4).

In a broader sense, any writ, order, notice, summons, subpoena or other document by which a court exercises its jurisdiction over the parties or subject matter of any action or proceeding, is called a process.

Only papers to be served within Richland County will be accepted for service.  Service of papers is generally attempted within one to two business days after they have been received by our office.

If you do not receive your papers back within 10 days of our office receiving them, please contact us to find out the status of your paper.

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Fees & Requirements

Fees for the service of civil process are set by the County Board of Supervisors and will be effective for Service of Process by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

We require pre-payment of Eighty-five ($85) per person, for service of all civil papers. This includes all summons, complaints, writs, orders, injunctions, subpoenas, executions, judgments, or other legal process. Service will be attempted up to three (3) times, unless the Civil Process Office is otherwise instructed.


An indigent person is an exception. The indigent person must have a current waiver of fees from the court of jurisdiction.

Temporary restraining orders and injunctions may be exempt, depending on the basis of the order.

Sheriff's Sales fees total one-hundred fifty dollars ($150.00).

In the event that a deputy is required to standby during property seizures, evictions, assistance, executions, etc., the rate includes a per hour rate per deputy plus service fee and mileage.

Administrative Office Hours

Papers for service will be accepted at the Sheriff's Dept. Administrative Office at the following times: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30p.m.

Contact Information

Phone: (608) 647-8906

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