The Warrants and Civil Units bear the responsibility of serving and executing all legal process generated by the court system. Some of the daily operations of this unit include serving summons, subpoenas and domestic violence injunctions, conducting evictions and tracking down and arresting wanted subjects on outstanding warrants. The Warrants and Civil Units serve a number of processes for governmental, private attorneys and the general public as well as out of state and out of county sources.
The Civil Process Unit handles the service of various legal documents including summons, garnishments, associated writs and orders of protection. Civil commitment documents directing a person to be taken to a facility for mental or drug/alcohol evaluation are also handled in these units. Most of the documents must be served in a manner and will in many cases require a response from the defendant back to the court within a limited amount of time. Many come from other jurisdictions, both in and out of state. The Warrant and Civil units assist the Bailiff's Unit with high risk trials, large trials and general personnel shortages.
The Warrant Unit has a representative assigned to the North Florida Violent Fugitive Task Force. The U.S. Marshall's Service North Florida Violent Fugitive Task force is comprised of law enforcement officers from surrounding jurisdictions. Members spend numerous hours conducting historical background checks on warrants for those fugitives with serious violent histories. This includes stakeouts. Locally the NFVFTF has a great working relationship with the surrounding agencies and other Violent Fugitive task forces. This enhances their success in capturing violent fugitives.
The Warrants and Civil Units are staffed by two sergeants, nine uniform deputies, seven plainclothes civilian process servers. A civilian supervisor oversees the office staff, which consists of five fulltime Judicial Services Specialist. Process received in this office usually has monetary fees attached which require additional handling and reporting to accounting.
The Leon County Sheriff's Office does not release any information on outstanding warrants over the phone. Warrant information may be acquired via a background check at our Records Division, located at the Administration building on 2825 Municipal Way, Tallahassee, Florida. For current fees please call (850) 606-3450.
If you have information that may lead to the apprehension of a wanted fugitive, please call the Warrants Division at (850) 606-3452, after hours and weekends, (850) 606-3300. You may remain anonymous.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office Warrants/Civil Unit is responsible for receiving, processing, maintaining active files, and serving or executing all judicial process received by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. The unit also receives and processes Baker Act and Marchman Act Orders generated during normal work hours for execution by the Warrants/Civil Unit or Patrol Division.
The Warrants/Civil Unit carries out the responsibility of the Sheriff, per Florida State Statue, the service of civil process, which includes:
- Service of Subpoenas, Summonses, and other non-enforceable civil process
- Execution of Enforceable Civil Process to include: Writs of Possession, Writs of Replevin, Writs of Execution
- Execution of Child Custody Orders
- Service of Temporary and Final Injunctions for Protection
Each step in the civil process procedure is extremely important and we work diligently to ensure that all laws have been addressed and adhered to throughout the process.
The Sheriff is allowed under Florida Statute 30.231 to charge a “reasonable fee” for the service of process. Any extended civil standby may require an off duty Deputy and can be scheduled with our off duty coordinator. Please check with the Civil Process staff in advance if this is an issue.
ASSISTANCE FOR VICTIMS OF DATING, DOMESTIC, REPEAT AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE
What is an injunction?
An injunction is a court order, also referred to as a restraining order, that directs a person not to have any contact with you.
What are the requirements for filing a Petition for Injunction?
For domestic violence, this action is available if the respondent presently resides with you, or has lived with you in the past as a member of the family, such as a spouse, former spouse, person related by blood or marriage, person who has lived together with you as though he/she were your spouse, or person with whom you have had a child, even if you have never lived together.
For repeat violence, this action is available if you have been a victim of assault, battery or sexual violence by the respondent at least twice within the past 6 months. The following conditions should also be met: (1) you and respondent are not related by blood; (2) you and respondent have no children together; and (3) you and respondent have never lived together.
For sexual violence, this action is available if (1) you have reported the sexual violence to a law enforcement agency and are cooperating in any criminal proceeding against the respondent, and (2) the respondent who committed the sexual violence was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in state prison and the term of imprisonment has expired or is due to expire within 90 days following the date the petition is filed.
For dating violence, this action is available if you and respondent have, or have had, a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or significant nature, which is determined based on consideration of the following factors: (1) The dating relationship existed within the last 6 months; (2) the nature of the relationship is characterized by the expectation of affection or sexual involvement between the parties; and (3) the frequency and type of interaction must be based on the parties involvement over time and on a continuous basis during the course of the relationship.
Where can I obtain an injunction?
During normal working hours, the Petition for Injunction should be filed with the Family Law Division of the Clerk's Office, Suite 100, Leon County Courthouse. There are currently no costs associated with injunctions.
The Refuge House, a local shelter, has a volunteer office in the Courthouse, and can be reached at 577-4480. Volunteers with this organization will assist in completing forms, providing counseling, and obtaining emergency shelter at the Refuge House.
Once the forms are completed, the Family Law Division will file the petition and take the file to the judge for review. If the judge finds merit to the petition, a Temporary Injunction and Notice of Hearing will be entered.
During weekends and holidays, assistance may be sought at the Leon County Jail, located on Appleyard Drive, at 8:00 a.m., where a deputy clerk will be present.
What happens after the judge grants the injunction?
A hearing must be scheduled and the violator must be personally served with a copy of the Petition, Notice of Hearing, and the Temporary Injunction.
The formal hearing will be scheduled for the next available court session. You must attend the hearing or the injunction will be dismissed.
Any injunction granted by the Court will remain in effect until modified or dissolved by the judge. Copies of all injunctions are placed on file with local law enforcement agencies.
What community resources are available?
ASSISTANCE FOR LANDLORD/TENANT ISSUES
Marchman Act (Substance Abuse) / Baker Act (Mental Health)
If you are willing to swear in a Petition for Involuntary Examination that you have personally witnessed an individual causing harm to themselves or others, an “Ex-Parte” for an involuntary examination can be completed at the Leon County Clerk of Courts office, Mental Health Division. For more information, contact the Mental Health Division at 850-577-4180.