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 office 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.