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Court Services

James Williams, Captain



Judgment Resources
Enforcement
Services

Captain James Williams oversees the Court Services Civil Division. It is his responsibility to see that the mission of the Civil Office is successfully accomplished.  The Civil Division of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department operates within eleven judicial districts, which encompasses 23,000 square miles of civil enforcement area. Those judicial districts are located in San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Redlands, Chino, Victorville, Barstow, Morongo Basin, Needles, Twin Peaks, and Big Bear Lake.

The men and women of the Sheriff's Court Services Civil Division are dedicated professionals who perform Clerical, Technical and Civil Enforcement functions. The unit was established to obey orders of the Courts of the State of California and to serve valid processes and notices for our customers. The Sheriff serves all mandated civil processes including but not limited to; warrant of arrest, levies for garnishments or attach earnings, personal property, real property, evictions and Sheriff's sales. Our fees are regulated by the State of California and are incorporated in the Government Code.
 

INSTRUCTIONS TO THE SHERIFF:  All requests for services must have written instructions with an original signature by the attorney of the party, or by the party, if he has no attorney.  These instructions must specify the name of the person to be served and the physical street address for service.  The Sheriff Department does not conduct investigations to locate person for service of civil process.  We do not serve any type of post office boxes.  The Instructions must also list the name(s) of the documents to be served.  This list will reflect on the Proof of Service.

OUT OF STATE REQUESTS: All non-enforcement civil process delivered to San Bernardino County from outside the State of California will be served if the appropriate fees are filed with the process.  We do not accept out of state Fee Waiver's.  You must submit written instructions specifying exactly who to serve and at what physical street address. The Sheriff Department does not conduct investigations to locate person for service of civil process.  We cannot take information off of court documents nor can we attempt service at post office boxes.  If your state requires that the Return of Service be notarized, you need to state that on your instructions and include a payment of $10.00 per service, per person for notary.

DISCLAIMER: The Court Services Civil Division attempts to maintain the highest accuracy of content on its web site. Any errors or omissions should be reported for investigation. The Court Services Civil Division makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the absolute accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of its web site and expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in the contents of this web site. No warranty of any kind is given with respect to the contents of this web site or its hyperlinks to other Internet resources. While we cannot give legal advice, we are happy to answer your questions relating to our duties and areas of responsibilities.

Please review the following pages of information on office locations, phone numbers and hours of operation.

The Sheriff's Department will serve any general process which includes the following:

* Summons & Complaint

* Declarations

* Summons & Petition

* Notice of Motion

* Summons & Complaint, Unlawful Detainer

* Notice of Hearing

* Notice of Hearing on Guardianship

* Claim of Plaintiff

* Defendant's Claim

* Notice to Pay Rent or Quit

* Order to Show Cause (Family Law)

* Civil Subpoena

* Civil Subpoena Duces Tecum

* Miscellaneous Notices

 

 

Fee and Deposit Schedule

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday, excluding County Holidays 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM



County Holidays Observed:

January 1

New Year's Day

Third Monday in January

Martin Luther King's Day

Third Monday in February

President's Day

Last Monday in May

Memorial Day

July 4

Independence Day

First Monday in September

Labor Day

Second Monday in October

Columbus Day

November 11th

Veteran's Day

Third Thursday in November

Thanksgiving Day

Third Friday in November

After Thanksgiving Day

December 24

Before Christmas Day

December 25

Christmas Day

December 31

Before New Year

 

 

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For Morongo Basin, East Valley, Twin Peaks and West Valley areas

Sheriff's Civil Division

157 W. 5th St. 3rd Floors

San Bernardino, CA 92415-0455

(909) 387-5700; (909) 387-5630 Fax

 


 

For High Desert, Needles and Big Bear areas

Sheriff's Civil Division

14455 Civic Drive, Suite #400

Victorville, CA 92392

(760) 243-8756; (760) 243-8936 Fax



Court Security

Court Security services for San Bernardino County 's (86) Superior Courts is managed by Captain James Williams. He oversees three regional commands covering eleven court facilities in San Bernardino, Redlands, Juvenile (East Valley Area); Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino (West Valley Area); and, Big Bear, Victorville, Barstow , Joshua Tree and Needles (Desert/Mountain Area). The contract with the Superior Courts requires 162 employees countywide and an annual operating budget in excess of $20 million dollars. This court security contract for the State of California is the largest such agreement the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department administers.



Day-to-day responsibilities for court security operations include the successful movement of approximately 200,000 inmates annually, and the protection of over a quarter of a million visiting members of the public to the court complexes. The professional bailiffs and custody officers maintain control and decorum within the courtrooms and court facilities. Site supervising sergeants and area command lieutenants also manage the development and execution of local court security plans to include judicial protection strategies and measures for dealing with high-profile trials.



Additional divisional concerns like training, contract compliance, customer satisfaction and strategic planning are coordinated through an Executive Officer's position at the department's Court Services Administration Offices.



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