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Civil Process Service

Our Civil Bureau staff specialize in the safe, efficient and legal service of court documents. The Special Deputy Sheriffs that work as Process Servers for the WCSO Civil Bureau include former law enforcement officers with over 170 years combined experience. We cover all of Washtenaw County, including Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northville, Saline and Ypsilanti.

What is Civil Process Service?

Civil Process Service is the delivery of legal court documents to a specified individual or business (the defendant). The petitioner (plaintiff) initiates the action and works with a lawyer or the court to obtain the proper documents to be served. A Process Server then serves the documents on the defendant.

What Does the Process Server (Special Deputy) Actually Do?

Damron & Poe

The Special Deputy Sheriff delivers documents to the defendant involved in the court case in accordance with legal guidelines and time standards. Upon completion of delivery, the Special Deputy provides "proof of service" by signing and returning the documents to the court.


Special Deputy, Gerard Poe,
& Civil Bureau Manager, Jim Damron


 Benefits of Using a Special Deputy Sheriff...

  • Experience in the safe, timely service of process & the proper handling of court documents.
  • Knowledge of civil process statutes and rules, local courts and the community.
  • Credibility in the community. Individuals being served usually respond more cooperatively to Special Deputy Sheriffs.
  • Peace of mind... using a third party can make a difficult situation easier for you.

What's Next.....

  1. In some cases, especially evictions, a court-issued civil document requires a judge’s signature. All documents must be in order before the Sheriff’s Office can serve the document for you.
  2. Please contact the court in your jurisdiction to obtain the proper forms. County court clerks and Civil Bureau staff cannot give legal advice.
  3. Either bring the papers, or have the court forward the papers, to the Sheriff’s Office Civil Bureau at 2201 Hogback Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
  4. Payment must be made prior to service being completed, unless you are an established account in good credit standing. Credit card payments by phone are accepted (734) 973-4937.


The Sheriff’s Office charges fees for serving documents and any associated services. We require prepayment and accept cash on site, credit cards (in person or by phone), money orders, or checks from an established account.  In addition to service fees, other costs may include stand-by time, additional defendant(s), rush and out-of-state fees.

Total fee calculation formula:
Service Fee + Mileage Fee + Additional Fees = Total Cost

Please call the Civil Bureau at (734) 973-4937 for a detailed price quote.

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