The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Civil Division is located at the Jefferson County Courthouse at 1820 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, Washington, 98368 and can be reached at (360) 385-3831 extension 390 or directly at (360) 385-9390. The Civil Unit carries out the Sheriff’s Office statutory responsibilities to the Superior Court.
For calendar year 2002, there were over 2,126 civil papers served. There were 199 protection orders and 27 evictions served in the county during the same one year period. For information on evictions, click here.
The Civil Deputy oversees the Civil Division under the direction of a Captain. The Civil Department is the civil and legal process service function of the Sheriff's Department and covers a wide variety of court papers from subpoenas to small claims to orders executing the removal of renters for non-payment of rent. This Division also includes support staff that provides courtroom security.
For more information regarding the service of civil papers including fees, please call (360) 385-3831and ask for the Civil Division or directly at (360) 385-9390 .
- Service of civil and criminal subpoenas and summons and complaints
- Service of other civil and criminal court documents
- Attaching, maintaining custody of and selling personal property
- Attaching and selling real property
- Executing court ordered evictions
Fees for Sheriff’s civil services are set by RCW and can be found under RCW 36.18.040.
The county courthouse is located in Port Townsend and listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The courthouse currently houses the offices of the Auditor, Treasurer, Assessor, Board of County Commissioners, District Court, Superior Court, Prosecutor, Juvenile Court Services and the Sheriff.
The Sheriff's Office provides armed security for all courtroom hearings and trials. Each court is in session at least 4 days each week. The Civil Deputy is currently assigned the task of providing for the supervision of courtroom security needs.
RCW 9.41.300 prohibits any type of weapon in the building and everyone is subject to a search of person and belongings when visiting the courthouse.