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CIVIL SERVICE EXPLAINED

The Washington County Sheriff’s Civil Process office is benefiting citizens, the legal community and police departments across the county.
The Sheriff's Civil Process office serves more than 25,000 legal documents annually, mostly to parties in civil lawsuits. The legal community can rely on the qualified and experienced staff at the division. A variety of services are available including attachment, execution and seizure of vehicles.
The legal community and citizens can utilize the Civil Process Division to serve summons, warrants and a variety of legal documents. Among these are...

  • Landlord – tenant disputes
  • Divorce proceedings and child support warrants
  • Real estate attachments and seizures
  • Sheriff sales of personal property
  • Subpoena of witnesses

The primary function of the Civil Process Unit is the "service of process", which is defined as "the writ or mandate that serves as the means used for bringing a defendant to court to answer in an action or proceeding, civil or criminal."  It is the responsibility of the sheriff's office to serve or execute according to law, all processes, writs, precepts, and orders issued or make by lawful authority according to Wisconsin State Statute 59.27.

Papers for service will be accepted at the Sheriff's Office main lobby window:  Weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The Sheriff can only serve papers on individuals or entities located within Washington County.

Time Requirements

  • Eviction:  The paper must be served not less than five (5) days prior to the court date.
  • Execution:  On a notice of mortgage foreclosure - Sale shall be advertised posting at least three (3) weeks prior to the date of sale.  On a notice of sale of property - Notice of sale shall be posted at least twenty (20) days before the date of sale.
  • Garnishment:  Notice of such service or a copy of the garnishee summons and complaint, together with the complaint in the principle action, shall be served on the principal defendant, no later than ten (10) business days after service on the garnishee defendant.
  • Large Claims Action:  The paper must be served within ninety (90) days of filing and must be over $5000.00.
  • Replevin:  As a small claims action the paper must be served eight (8) business days before the court date.  The return date for the summons served must be no less than eight (8) business days from the issue date and no more than thirty (30) days from the issue date.  As a large claims action the paper must be served within ninety (90) days of filing.
  • Restraining Orders:  Unless otherwise specified, they can be served right up to the time of hearing.  Usually served asap.
  • Small Claims Action:  A small claims action must be served at least eight (8) business days before the date the party must appear.  The date of appearance shall be no less than eight (8) business days from the issue date and no more than thirty (30) days from the issue date.
  • Writ of Restitution:  No writ shall be executed if received by the Sheriff more than thirty (30) days after it is issued by the court.

 

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DIALING 911

Nearly every city now has a 9-1-1 emergency phone system.  This means you can dial 9-1-1 for any fire, police or medical emergency.

Here are some tips to remember when calling 9-1-1

  • Remain calm
  • You must tell the 9-1-1 operator the following:
  • Your name
  • Location
  • Phone number
  • Nature of the emergency
  • Listen to the 9-1-1 operator:
  • Answer questions and follow instructions you are given
  • Hang up only when you’re told to do so, unless staying on the phone puts you in danger

USE 9-1-1 ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES

If you do not have an emergency, dial the regular phone number for the police, sheriff or fire department.  Keep these numbers posted by your phone.  You can find your Washington County local non-emergency number on our website at:  
http://www.washingtoncountysheriffwi.org/lea_resources.php

 


WHAT DOES A COUNTY SHERIFF DO?

The office of Sheriff is created by the Wisconsin Constitution (Art. 6, Sec. 4). The specific duties of the Sheriff are also set forth by statute (Sec. 59.26 - 59.33, Wis. Stats.). The Sheriff is an elected office in each county and beginning in November 2002, the Sheriffs term of office changed to a four (4) year term.

There are over 3,000 counties in the United States, and almost every one of them has a sheriff, except for Alaska. The office of sheriff is established either by the state constitution or by an act of state legislature. There are only two states in which the sheriff is not elected by the voters. In Rhode Island, sheriffs are appointed by the governor; in Hawaii, deputy sheriffs serve in the Department of Public Safety's Sheriff's Division.

There is really no such thing as a "typical" sheriff. Some sheriffs still have time to drop by the town coffee shop to chat with the citizens each day, while others report to an office in a skyscraper and manage a department whose budget exceeds that of many corporations. However, most sheriffs have certain roles and responsibilities in common.

Law Enforcement -  A sheriff always has the power to make arrests within his or her own county. Some states extend this authority to adjacent counties or to the entire state. Many sheriffs' offices also perform routine patrol functions such as traffic control, accident investigations, and transportation of prisoners. Larger departments may perform criminal investigations, and some unusually large sheriffs' offices command an air patrol, a mounted patrol, or a marine patrol.
Sheriffs still enlist the aid of the citizens. The National Neighborhood Watch Program, sponsored by the National Sheriffs' Association, allows citizens and law enforcement officials to cooperate in keeping communities safe.

As the sheriff's law enforcement duties become more extensive and complex, new career opportunities exist for people with specialized skills: underwater diving, piloting, boating, skiing, radar technology, communications, computer technology, accounting, emergency medicine, and foreign languages.

Court Duties -  Sheriffs are responsible for maintaining the safety and security of the court. A sheriff or deputy may be required to attend all court sessions; to act as bailiff; to take charge of juries whenever they are outside the courtroom; to serve court papers; to extradite prisoners; to collect taxes, or to perform other court-related functions.

Jail Administration -  Most sheriffs' offices maintain and operate county jails or other detention centers and community corrections facilities such as work-release and halfway houses. Sheriffs are responsible for supervising inmates, protecting their rights and providing food, clothing, exercise, recreation and medical services. As jail conditions continue to improve, sheriffs and their departments are earning increased respect and recognition as professionals.

Law enforcement is becoming increasingly complex. For the progressive, forward-looking sheriffs' offices of today, education and training are the keys to effective job performance. Today's sheriff is likely to have a college degree, a graduate degree in criminal justice, law or public administration, and several years' experience in the criminal justice system.

President Ronald Reagan stressed the importance of the modern sheriff in his address to the National Sheriffs' Association on June 21, 1984. He said, "Thank you for standing up for this nation's dream of personal freedom under the rule of law. Thank you for standing against those who would transform that dream into a nightmare of wrongdoing and lawlessness. And thank you for your service to your communities, to your country, and to the cause of law and justice."


Article from: http://www.Wisconsinsheriffs.org/ns/whatis.php

 

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WHAT IS CIVIL SERVICE?

The Washington County Sheriff’s Civil Process office is benefiting citizens, the legal community and police departments across the county.

The Sheriff's Civil Process office serves more than 25,000 legal documents annually, mostly to parties in civil lawsuits. The legal community can rely on the qualified and experienced staff at the division. A variety of services are available including attachment, execution and seizure of vehicles.

The legal community and citizens can utilize the Civil Process Division to serve summons, warrants and a variety of legal documents. Among these are...

  • Landlord – tenant disputes
  • Divorce proceedings and child support warrants
  • Real estate attachments and seizures
  • Sheriff sales of personal property
  • Subpoena of witnesses

The primary function of the Civil Process Unit is the "service of process", which is defined as "the writ or mandate that serves as the means used for bringing a defendant to court to answer in an action or proceeding, civil or criminal."  It is the responsibility of the sheriff's office to serve or execute according to law, all processes, writs, precepts, and orders issued or make by lawful authority according to Wisconsin State Statute 59.27.

Papers for service will be accepted at the Sheriff's Office main lobby window:  Weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The Sheriff can only serve papers on individuals or entities located within Washington County.

Time Requirements

  • Eviction:  The paper must be served not less than five (5) days prior to the court date.
  • Execution:  On a notice of mortgage foreclosure - Sale shall be advertised posting at least three (3) weeks prior to the date of sale.  On a notice of sale of property - Notice of sale shall be posted at least twenty (20) days before the date of sale.
  • Garnishment:  Notice of such service or a copy of the garnishee summons and complaint, together with the complaint in the principle action, shall be served on the principal defendant, no later than ten (10) business days after service on the garnishee defendant.
  • Large Claims Action:  The paper must be served within ninety (90) days of filing and must be over $5000.00.
  • Replevin:  As a small claims action the paper must be served eight (8) business days before the court date.  The return date for the summons served must be no less than eight (8) business days from the issue date and no more than thirty (30) days from the issue date.  As a large claims action the paper must be served within ninety (90) days of filing.
  • Restraining Orders:  Unless otherwise specified, they can be served right up to the time of hearing.  Usually served asap.
  • Small Claims Action:  A small claims action must be served at least eight (8) business days before the date the party must appear.  The date of appearance shall be no less than eight (8) business days from the issue date and no more than thirty (30) days from the issue date.
  • Writ of Restitution:  No writ shall be executed if received by the Sheriff more than thirty (30) days after it is issued by the court.

 

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WHAT IS HUBER LAW?

Huber Law 303.08 
Any person sentenced to a County Jail for a crime, non-payment of a fine or forfeiture, or contempt of court, may be granted the permission to leave the Jail during necessary and reasonable hours for any of the following purposes:

  • Seeking employment (through verified interviews or appointments.
  • Working at employment.
  • Conducting any self-employed occupation including house-keeping and attending the needs of the person’s family.
    • Attendance at an assessment ordered by a court under 343.30(1q)c.
    • Attendance at a treatment program required by a driver safety plan under 343.30(1)c.
    • Attending court proceedings to which the person is a party or for which th person has been subpoenaed as a witness.
    • Attendance at an educational institution or medical treatment

By order of the Court, the wages or salaries of the employed prisoners shall be disbursed by the Sheriff for the following purposes, in the order stated:

  • Necessary travel expenses to and from work.
  • Court-ordered support of the prisoner’s dependents, if any.
  • Other incidental expenses of the prisoner.
  • Payments, either in full or ratably, of the prisoner’s obligations acknowledged by him in writing or which have been reduced to judgment.
  • The Board of the prisoner.
  • The balance, if any, to the prisoner upon his discharge.

Employment Restrictions:

  • Inmates may only work one job at a time during their incarceration.
  • The Washington County Jail reserves the right to request prepayment of an inmate’s entire Huber board in cases where an employer has shown a previous history of non-compliance with Jail rules and requirements.
  • When, after reasonable requests for information from an employer has not been provided, the Washington County Jail may restrict the release of an inmate until such time as necessary information is received.
  • While incarcerated in the Washington County Jail under the Huber Law, you may only work in Washington County or adjacent counties.
  • Huber board is due every Friday. Failure to make payment will result in loss of release until monies have been paid.
  • You may not work for other inmates.

 The Sheriff may refuse to permit the prisoner to exercise the prisoner’s privilege to leave the Jail not to exceed 5 days for each breach of discipline or violation of Jail regulations.

 

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