The Civil Unit is responsible for the service of civil processes. These processes include, but are not limited to: Writ of Restitutions/Evictions, Protection Orders, Subpoenas, Summons, Citations, Small Claims, Garnishments and Sheriff Sales. The Civil Unit receives approximately 300 civil process papers/orders per month. A fee is charged for the Sheriff’s Office to complete the process, per State Statute 30-1-104.
- General Information Sheet: Complete and include with any documents submitted to our Civil Unit. Download Here.
- Civil Service Fees: View the complete list of Civil Fees for Service Click Here. Fees are due at the time of service. If you are due a refund, it will be received within 2-3 weeks from the Mesa County Treasurer’s Office.
- Payment: We accept cash, check or certified funds. Credit cards are accepted with an additional fee. Make Checks Payable to: “Mesa County Sheriff’s Office”
Protection Orders take priority over all other types of service. This is due to the potential for injury related to these situations. For information on how to obtain a protection order, call the Mesa County Court Clerk at (970) 257-3640. The Court Clerk’s Office is located at 125 North Spruce Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501, on the first floor of the Justice Center.
We serve the majority of Protection Orders for the public. The fee for this service is $35.00 plus mileage.
If you need to report a violation that has already occurred, contact the non-emergency dispatch at (970) 242-6707. If it is an emergency, call 911.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will provide civil standbys in the following circumstances:
- The individual requesting the civil standby is the defendant of a criminal restraining order, in which the court has allowed for a one-time civil standby in writing. A copy of the restraining order must be brought to the Sheriff’s Office for review prior to a civil standby being scheduled.
- The individual requesting the civil standby is the defendant who was served a civil kickout restraining order. The Sheriff’s Office will allow a one-time civil standby.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will only do civil standbys at locations within their jurisdiction. If the location of the civil standby is in another jurisdiction, you will be referred to the responsible agency.
Standbys are for 10 to 15 minutes to collect clothing, toiletries, medication and any other item needed for day to day living AND any item which is specifically needed for work (specialized tools, etc...) that are not disputed by the plaintiff. If the individual wants to remove furniture we advise them to find a mutual friend of both parties to remove the items. If property or vehicles are disputed they stay at the residence.
If you are inquiring for information on tenant/landlord disputes, we suggest you see Colorado Revised Statutes Title 38, Article 12 or an Attorney. Evictions are the end result of a landlord-tenant dispute. The State Statutes are very specific on the steps that need to be taken in order to evict a tenant. Writ of Restitutions/Evictions are the second highest priority of the Civil Unit. These court orders are time sensitive and have to be scheduled in advance of their execution.
The eviction process involves 4 basic steps:
- Notice to Vacate or Demand for Compliance or Possession
- Summons in Forcible Entry and Unlawful Detainer (FED)
- Court Hearing
- Writ of Restitution, service and execution
Learn more about the Eviction Process Here
Download the Evictions and Writs of Restitution Form Here. This form is to be filled out and included with every Writ of Restitution.
If completing a Mobile Home Eviction, contact us at (970) 244-3521 for special instructions.
For information on Sheriff Sales contact the Civil Unit at (970) 244-3521.
For information on Foreclosures contact the Public Trustee’s Office at (970) 254-4180 or on their website at www.mesacounty.us/publictrustee
**We accept Cash, Checks or Certified Funds. Credit Cards are accepted with an additional fee.**
Make Checks Payable to: “Mesa County Sheriff’s Office”
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding our Civil Process services. If you still have a question, call us at (970) 244-3521.
How can I get people out of my home?
The eviction process can be initiated by posting or serving a Notice to Vacate or Notice to Quit to the tenant(s) (for time constraints see State Statute 13-40-107). Then follow the remaining steps of an eviction if the tenant(s) do not vacate. The complete eviction process, step-by-step, can be found through the link below under “The Eviction Process”.
View the complete eviction process
What are my rights as a landlord?
What are my rights as a tenant?
How do I start the civil process?
All forms to initiate a civil process can be obtained from the County Court Clerk’s Office at the Mesa County Justice Center located at 125 North Spruce Street, Grand Junction, CO or by calling (970) 257-3640.
What does it cost to serve civil papers?
What type of information is needed to serve civil papers?
- Name (person/business), address, phone number, date of birth and physical description of the person to be served.
- Employer information of the person to be served including address and telephone number.
- Any other information that would help assist us in getting person/ business served.
- Name, mailing address and phone number of the person/business having papers served.
- Payment in full is required before processing and service attempts will be made.