The Sheriff is required to act as an Officer of the Court for service of civil matters in Kern County. The laws governing civil process are set forth primarily in the California Code of Civil Procedure, Civil Code, and Government Code. Federal and State laws make clear distinctions between civil matters and criminal cases.
Civil procedure is a system of laws the courts follow when adjudicating civil matters. These legal requirements govern the types of process, orders, remedies, judgments and all other procedures allowed in civil matters.
In civil enforcement matters, the Sheriff’s Office maintains a neutral, impartial standing between involved parties acting only on lawful court orders. The Sheriff's Civil Section is responsible for the service and execution of civil process as prescribed by law.
The Sheriff’s Civil Section is comprised of the Civil Processing Unit and the Field Enforcement Unit and works in conjunction with government agencies, courts, and private entities.
The Civil Processing Unit is responsible for reviewing civil documents in order to ensure accuracy and compliance with all legal requirements. The Section cannot conduct investigative services to verify names and/or addresses; therefore, successful service of documents is dependent upon the information received. The Unit is also responsible for handling fees for services and disbursement of monies collected in accordance with court orders.
The Field Enforcement Unit is responsible for the actual service of all civil processes including, but not limited to: summons, subpoenas, restraining orders, evictions, small claims documents, and wage garnishments. The Field Enforcement Unit is responsible to diligently ensure specific legal requirements are met for the service to be valid. Service of process may occasionally involve volatile situations. These responsibilities require the Field Enforcement Unit operate with an extraordinary degree of professionalism.
The Sheriff’s Civil Section is committed to working in partnership and providing equitable services for all individuals served by the Sheriff’s Office.
5251 Office Park Dr, Bldg 300, Telephone: 661.635.1300
Bakersfield, CA 93309
KCSO Civil Section
Bakersfield, CA 93387
Public Hours of Operation:
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday, excluding holidays