Civil Process Unit Supervisor
The Civil Unit of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is tasked with processing and serving civil papers. Civil papers are received from our local courts as well as courts throughout the country. After incoming papers are processed they are served by uniformed deputies to citizens and businesses located in Forsyth County. The service is recorded in the Clerk of Court's Office and a copy of the Sheriff's Entry of Service is mailed to the Plaintiff. Please do not call the office to check status of service. Once service is perfected, notice is mailed to the Plaintiff and returned to the courts.
Location/Office Hours: The Civil Unit is located at 875 Lanier 400 Pkwy, Suite 144 behind building C and is open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.
Eviction Information: The eviction process starts at the Magistrate Court located on 1090 Tribble Gap Road Cumming, Georgia 30040. You must first go to the Magistrate Court and start the eviction process by filing a dispossessory .Once the dispossessory is filed and the fees are paid, Magistrate Court will forward the dispossessory to the Civil Unit with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office for service. Once service is completed it will be returned to the Clerk of Court.
After the completion of the dispossessory process the court may issue a Writ of Possession. If a Writ of Possession has been issued you must schedule an eviction with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. You must bring or mail the Writ of Possession to the Civil Unit. There is a twenty-five dollar service fee for all evictions which is non-refundable. Due to the volume of evictions it may take a week or two to complete your eviction. The plaintiff in the case is responsible for the removal of all items at the location and gaining entry to the building. The deputy that is scheduled to complete your eviction has the option to cancel or move the eviction due to weather or any other reason. The plaintiff in the case will be notified as quickly as possible and the eviction will be re-scheduled.
Temporary Protective Order (TPO) or Stalking Order Information: To obtain a TPO or Stalking Order please contact Family Haven at 770-889-6384, extension 111 OR 770-887-1121. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Victim's Advocates are also available and may be reached at 678-455-8458.
Fi-Fa's: We must have a current or last known address to investigate and/or Nulla Bona a FI-FA or it will be sent back to the plaintiff to provide us with that information. Fi-Fa's are worked as quickly as possible. Within 72 hours of being assigned to a deputy a ten-day letter of demand is mailed to the defendant. A deputy will attempt to make contact with the defendant within that ten day period to see if the Fi Fa can be satisfied. If the debt is not satisfied, the deputy will make an appointment with the Plaintiff to review the next steps in the process which is to levy against personal/business property. Property that is levied upon is stored by the Sheriff's Office at the Plaintiff's expense until it can be sold at auction at the Sheriff's Sale (first Tuesday of the month.) Other expense that may occur, but are not limited to: the running of the newspaper ad of the items for auction, transportation of the items from the scene to the storage location and to the location of the auction on the day of the sale, insurance on the items being stored. If you are submitting a Fi-Fa for Nulla Bona it must be received by our office 45 days before it becomes dormant so we can make a diligent effort to execute it. Fi-Fa's become dormant seven years after it has been recorded by the issuing Court’s Clerk of Court. We do not forward FI-FAs to the clerk of court. The re-recording of FI-FA’s is the plaintiff’s responsibility.
Fees: The processing fees for a Nulla Bona on a Fi-Fa is $20 payable to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. Service of Subpoenas to the public is $10. Most other services are $50 payable to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. We accept cash, checks and money orders.
Please see section 1-42 and 1-43 of House Bill 1055 for a complete list of fees.