CIVIL PROCESS SERVICES
181 Parkingway
P.O. BOX 699245
Quincy, MA 02269


Ph: (781) 326-1787
Fx: (781) 326-0288
E-Mail: info@norfolkcivil.org
 

The Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Civil Process Division is a professional law enforcement agency whose responsibility is the delivery of legal services and the enforcement of civil orders in Norfolk County. Our Civil Process Office is responsible for executing court orders and the delivery of legal documents essential to the proceedings of state-wide and county civil cases.

According to Massachusetts General Law c.37, sections 11&12, the High Sheriff of the County is mandated to serve civil process. MGL c.37, section 3 empowers the Sheriff to appoint Deputy Sheriffs to perform official acts of process. In Massachusetts, as in most states, the service of process is carried out by the Sheriff, through deputies (WHY USE US?), as public ministerial offices to the judicial branch. Appointed Deputy Sheriffs are trained to properly deliver important court and non-court documents and are held to the same high standards as any law enforcement official in the Commonwealth.

The Civil Process Office also enforces judgments made by the court which include but are not limited to seizing property and selling property through a Sheriff’s Sale (WRITS & LEVIES) , garnishing wages, and facilitating Capias arrests (CAPIAS ARREST REQUEST FORM). Our Business Office staff and Deputy Sheriffs are committed to a high standard of excellence and work each and every day to improve both our delivery of service and our communication with our clients and the public we serve. We understand the importance of achieving court related deadlines and we are proficient in the application of enforcing civil actions.

Here at the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our civil process operations. In 1996, the Civil Process Office became a fully accountable public agency under the direction of the Sheriff, an agency that has always been fully dedicated to serving its county, and a valuable part of the public safety community. We are initiating new technology to service the legal community including the commencement of Deputy Sheriff services initiated and interfaced with Tablet technology in the field resulting in real time email notification of service results. The Norfolk Civil Office under the leadership of Sheriff Michael G. Bellotti is the first civil office in Massachusetts to initiate this new technology.

List of Services & Instructions

SERVICE NOTES/INSTRUCTIONS
Summons and
Complaint

 

Mail or deliver the original summons with the court seal and complaint to Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, Civil Process Division for service.  kindly include one copy of each document. The original will be forwarded back to you with a Return of Service.
Judgment Debtor Summons

 

Mail or deliver the original summons with the court seal and complaint to Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office, Civil Process Division for service. Kindly include one copy of each document. The original will be forwarded back to you with the return of service affixed.
Writ of Attachment Click here for further information
Levy on Personal Property Click here for further information
Notice to Show Cause

 

Mail or deliver the original Notice to Show Cause to the Norfolk County Sheriff's Office, Civil Process Division.  Kindly include one copy of this document. The original will be forwarded back to you with the return of service affixed. You will be responsible to return the original to the court in a timely fashion.
Notice to Quit / Evictions Click here for further information
Probate Citation

 

Because of the unique characteristics of each legal service, please contact the NSO Civil Process Office at 781-326-1787 regarding information and fees for these service.
Subpoena Click here for further information
Capias and Arrest Capias Click here for further information
Levy on Real Estate Click here for further information
Probate Summones: Divorce, Modification, etc.

 

The Probate Court issues summons with complaint for Divorce, Modification, Contempt, Paternity, Support, Visitation and other probate matters. These services require immediate attention. Please contact the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office for more information (781.326.1787).
Order of Notice

 

The Order of Notice is more often than not issued by Land Court. This document must be served 14 days prior to the hearing date. Please contact the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Civil Process Office to discuss appropriate service details.
Supplementary Process/Summons to Judgment Debtor

This paperwork may also be called “Notice to Show Cause” depending on the issuing court and route of action.

You will need to forward the original document to the Civil Process Office with one copy for service. This document must be served within 7 days of the hearing date. After service you will be forward the original and the appropriate return of service to return to the court.