Civil Process: Process Services
Civil process is carried out by members of the sheriff’s Legal Services Division. In this capacity, they handle a large volume of paperwork in connection with the processing and service of Summons and Complaints, Notices of Motion, Orders to Show Cause, Subpoenas, Writs of Replevin, Writs of Possession and Writs of Execution. For further information, call 973.829.8068.
Mailing Address/Location of the Legal Services Division
All general correspondence and requests for service should be sent to the following address:
Morris County Sheriff’s Office
Legal Services Division
560 West Hanover Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
If you are delivering papers in person, please be aware that at the present time, performing an address-based location lookup using one of the third party mapping web sites (provided by Google, MapQuest, etc.), will result in an incorrect location being shown for our building. For an accurate rendering of our location (based on latitude/longitude) and to obtain directions, view this interactive Google map.
Instructions and Procedures for Service
Service and mileage fees
Two fees are associated with civil process—the fee for the actual service of papers and a mileage fee.
The service fee varies depending upon the number of defendants served. Mileage fees are calculated per address and for each attempt of service.
|Summons & Complaints ($2.00 return of service fee included; mileage additional)|
|Within New Jersey|
|Other defendant or defendants named||16.00|
|Outside of New Jersey|
|Other defendant or defendants named||16.00|
|Clerk Certificate (if requested)||5.00|
|Writs ($2.00 return of service fee included; mileage additional)|
Mileage fees are based on mileage from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in Morristown to the address of service. A mileage fee for three attempts is required at the time of request for each residential service of all summons & complaints, writs of possession, writs of attachment, writs of replevin and writs of ejectment. A mileage fee for one attempt is required at the time of request for all writs of execution and service to any business address.
|Budd Lake||7.04||Morris Plains||1.28|
|Cedar Knolls||1.60||Mount Arlington||6.40|
|Convent Station||1.60||Mount Tabor||2.24|
|East Hanover||2.88||New Foundland||8.00|
|Florham Park||1.60||Oak Ridge||8.00|
|Harding Township||2.24||Port Murray||8.00|
|Lake Hiawatha||2.24||Rock Valley||4.48|
|Lake Hopatcong||8.00||Roxbury Township||5.44|
|Long Hill Township||5.12||Towaco||5.12|
|Long Valley||5.76||Victory Gardens||3.84|
|Meyersville||5.12||White Meadow Lake||3.52|
Service types and paperwork requirements
The following table shows what paperwork should be sent for each type of service being requested. Please note that all services also require a letter stating the name and address of the party/parties to be served.
|Service||What to Send…|
|Summons and Complaint|
|Notice of Motion|
|Order to Show Cause|
|Writ of Replevin|
|Writ of Possession|
A sheriff’s officer will make four attempts to execute the document(s), unless otherwise instructed, at which time the item will be returned to the requestor. It should be noted that additional mileage will be charged regardless of the success of the service.
Requests for re-service
To request that a document be re-served, please forward the same documents in the same quantity as specified above to our attention with a cover letter instructing that the papers are for re-service. Your original payment of the service fee will still cover service, however, you will need to submit payment once again for mileage fees. If your cover letter fails to clearly indicate that this is a request for re-service, full fees will apply.
Special note on writs of execution
Certain property is exempt from execution by federal and state law, including but not limited to: clothing, welfare benefits, social security benefits, SSI benefits, veteran’s benefits, unemployment benefits, workers compensation benefits and child support benefits. Additionally, the defendant may apply to the court for a $1,000.00 exemption of personal property in writing.
While no longer required for documents received from Florida, California and New York, this certificate can be provided upon request for an additional fee of $5.00.
To inquire about the status of service, call 973.829.8068.
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