Papers & Fees 

The Ford County Sheriff's Office charges $15 per case number, per address.
All fee payments must be done in full before service is provided. Check Payments are to be made out to Ford County Sheriff's Office.
Payments can be made at the Sheriff's Office or attached to the papers served.


a document issued by the court at the time a lawsuit is filed, stating the name of both plaintiff and defendant, the title and file number of the case, the court and its address, the name and address of the plaintiff's attorney, and instructions as to the need to file a response to the complaint within a certain time (such as 30 days after service), usually with a form on the back on which information of service of summons and complaint is to be filled out and signed by the process server. A copy of the summons must be served on each defendant at the same time as the complaint to start the time running for the defendant to answer. Certain writs and orders to show cause are served instead of a summons since they contain the same information along with special orders of the court. After service to the defendants, the original summons, along with the "return of service" proving the summons and complaint were served, is filed with the court to show that each defendant was served

Alias Summons

the second summons that has to be served because the original summons was defective or was improperly served.

Hearing & Aid of Execution

An order for a hearing in aid of execution may be issued at the request of a judgment creditor in an individual case or by a master request covering more than one case, and shall require the judgment debtor to either: (1) Contact the judgment creditor or attorney prior to the date set for the hearing to furnish information under oath or penalty of perjury concerning the judgment debtor's property and income; or (2) appear and furnish information under oath or penalty of perjury when required by the court concerning the debtor's property and income before the court at a time and place specified in the order within the county where the court is situated. The court may cancel the hearing if the judgment debtor has furnished to the judgment creditor satisfactory information concerning the debtor's property and income prior to the date and time for the hearing. Witnesses may also be subpoenaed to testify at the hearing.


an order of the court for a witness to appear at a particular time and place to testify and/or produce documents in the control of the witness (if a "subpena duces tecum"). A subpena is used to obtain testimony from a witness at both depositions (testimony under oath taken outside of court) and at trial. The procedure to get a subpena issued is basically to apply to the court with a brief written declaration of the need for the testimony or documents. Such subpenas are usually issued automatically by the court clerk, but must be served personally on the party being summoned. Failure to appear as required by the subpena can be punished as contempt of court if it appears the absence was intentional or without cause.

3 Day Vacate Notice (Courtesy)

a notice to pay delinquent rent or quit (leave or vacate) the premises given by a landlord to a tenant, which in most states gives the tenant three days to pay or get out. Service of the notice and failure of the tenant to pay or vacate within three days provides the basis for a lawsuit for unlawful detainer (eviction) for unpaid rent and a court judgment ordering the tenant to leave. This is a courtesy to the land owner, as this service can be performed by themselves as the owner of the property.

Writ of execution (non-criminal)

A writ to put in force the sentence that the law has given: it is addressed to the Sheriff (and in the courts of the United States, to the marshal) commanding him, according to the nature of the case, either to give the plaintiff possession of lands; or to enforce the delivery of a chattel which was the subject of the action; or to levy for the plaintiff, the debt, or damager, and costs recovered; or to levy for the defendant his costs; and that, either upon the body of the opposite party, his lands, or goods, or in some cases, upon his body, land, and goods; the extent and manner of the execution directed, always depending upon the nature of the judgment.

Non-Charge (Criminal)

Protection From Abuse

A restraining order or order of protection is a form of legal injunction that requires a party to do, or to refrain from doing, certain acts. A party that refuses to comply with an order faces criminal or civil penalties and may have to pay damages or accept sanctions. Breaches of restraining orders can be considered serious criminal offenses that merit arrest and possible prison sentences.

Protection From Stalking

Same as a Protection from Abuse, with the exception that no domestic relationship is required


Service of Foreign Process

$50 Fee per case, per address
Out of State, Non-Criminal Paperwork