Support Services Bureau - Civil Unit

Support Services Administration

Sheriff John Snaza

Undersheriff Tim Braniff

Bureau Commander
Chief Brad Watkins

(360) 786-5659

 

The Civil Division of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office serves legal documents throughout the county, performs evictions and enforces the orders of the court. The Civil Division can not give legal advice, nor can we recommend an attorney.

We are located at:
Thurston County Courthouse, Building 3
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW.
Olympia , WA 98502

Telephone: (360) 786-5534

Time of Operations:
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Closed weekends and all government holidays

To more effectively assist you, we will need to know information about the person(s) to be served, such as possible addresses, phone numbers, any specific service requirements and the deadline for service. We cannot serve your papers unless you provide us with a physical address. We cannot serve your papers to a post office box, either at the Post Office or Personal Mail Box.

Click here for a PDF of the Fee Schedule

Click a link below for the following information:
Deeds DUI /
Landlord Issues
FAQs Habeas
Corpus
Personal
Property
Execution
Real
Property
Execution
Replevin Restitution

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Deeds

Click here for the Washington State RCW 6.21.020 regarding Notice of Sale - Personal Property Code

Before issuing a Deed, our office requires the following:

  • Original Certificate of Sale
  • $50.00 payable to Thurston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Name and address of the person the deed is to be mailed to.

If you have any questions please call the Civil Division at (360) 786-5534 between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

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DUI / Landlord Issues

Click here for the Washington State RCW 59.18 regarding Landlord and Tenant Code

No legal advice can be given by the Sheriff’s Office. If you have any legal questions, please contact an attorney.
You can also contact the Attorney General’s office at:    http://www.atg.wa.gov/ResidentialLT/default.aspx

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I need to get a Protection Order. How do I get one?

The relationship you have with the person you are filing against will determine which court you will go through. If the person is related to you or if you have had a dating relationship you will need to contact the Family and Juvenile Superior Court. If there is no relationship between you and the person you are filing against, you will need to go to the District Court.

My tenant has not paid rent. What do I need to do?

You will need to go through the eviction process. This can be done on your own or through an attorney’s office. While the Sheriff’s Office can not give legal advice, we recommend you get an attorney or go through the Attorney General’s Office for additional information. Their website is: http://www.wa.gov/ago/consumer/lt/

Where do I get eviction forms?

Eviction packets/forms can be purchased at larger stationary stores (ie, Staples, Office Depot, etc). We recommend that you call these stores to see if they are in stock. Also, some of the forms are available for purchase at the Superior Court Clerk’s Office.

How can I get my papers served?

There are three legal ways to have your papers served. A) The Sheriff’s Office will serve the papers for a fee; B) Private Process Server; C) By any uninvolved person 18 years of age or older that is not a part of the action of the papers being served.

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Habeas Corpus

WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS

Click here for the Washington State RCW 7.36 regarding Habeas Corpus Code

  1. Before accepting a Writ of Habeas Corpus, our office requires the following paperwork:
    • Original or certified plus 3 copies of the Writ.
    • Petition for the Writ
    • Order to Issue writ of habeas corpus
    • Warrant in aid of Writ of Habeas corpus.
  2. Deposit of $250.00 payable to Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, for execution of the Writ.
  3. Completion of Sheriff’s Office, missing child information questionnaire.
    (This is to assist in the investigation and recovery of the child)
  4. Photographs – if available

If you have any questions please call the Civil Division at (360) 786-5534 between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

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Personal Property Execution

WRIT OF EXECUTION ON PERSONAL PROPERTY

Click here for the Washington State RCW 6.17 regarding Executions Code

Before accepting a Writ of Execution on personal property, our office requires the following paperwork:

  1. Detailed letter of instruction which contains:
    • Specific details on property to be levied on and seized
    • Who the keeper is and/or where the property will be stored (must be stored within Thurston County)
    • Location of the property that is being seized
    • Interest rate
    • Name and service address of judgment debtor(s)
    • Name, address and phone number of the contact person
    • Attorney name, address and phone number if not included on the writ
  2. Original or certified and 3 copies of the writ.
  3. Deposit in the amount of $300.00 made payable to Thurston County Sheriff’s Office
  4. Certified copy of judgment
  5. Certified copy of order directing issuance of writ with judge’s signature
  6. Bond of indemnity to the sheriff (twice the value of the property to be seized or a minimum of $5,000.00)

Issuance to John Snaza, Sheriff of Thurston County

Signatures of both the bonding company and the plaintiff or his designee

If you have any questions, please call the Civil Division at (360) 786-5534 between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

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Real Property Execution

WRIT OF EXECUTION ON REAL PROPERTY/ORDER OF SALE

Click here for the Washington State RCW 6.17 regarding Executions Code

Before accepting a Writ of Execution on real property, our office requires the following paperwork:

  1. Detailed letter of instruction which contains:
    • Specific details on property to be levied on and seized, such as residential address, parcel # and legal description
    • Interest rate
    • Newspaper to publish in
    • Redemption period
    • Name and service address of debtor(s)
    • Name, address and phone number of the contact person
    • Attorney name, address and phone number if not included on the writ
  2. Deposit in the amount of $300.00 made payable to Thurston County Sheriff’s Office
  3. Ceritifed copy of judgment
  4. Certified copy of order directing issuance of writ with judge’s signature
  5. Original or certified and 3 copies of the writ

If you have any questions, please call the Civil Division at (360) 786-5534 between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

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Replevin

WRIT OF REPLEVIN

Click here for the Washington State RCW 7.64 regarding Replevin Code

Before accepting a Writ of Replevin, our office requires the following paperwork:

  1. Detailed letter of instruction which contains:
    • Specific details of property to be attached
    • Who the keeper is and/or where the property will be stored (must be in Thurston County)
    • Address that the property is located at
    • Service address of the defendant
    • Attorney’s name, address and phone number
  2. Original or certified and 3 copies of the writ
  3. Deposit in the amount of $150.00 made payable to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office
  4. Sheriff’s Indemnity bond
    • Issuance to John Snaza, Sheriff of Thurston County
    • Bond must be twice the value of the property to be seized or a minimum of $5,000.00 (whichever is greater)
    • Signatures of both the bonding company and the plaintiff or his designee
  5. Break and Enter Order
    • This language can be included in the Writ of Replevin or in the form of a separate order.
    • Order must have judge's signature

If you have any questions, please call the Civil Division at (360) 786-5534 between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

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Restitution

WRIT OF RESTITUTION/UNLAWFUL DETAINER

Applicable Washington State RCW Codes:

If you are requesting the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office to serve/execute a Writ of Restitution, the following is REQUIRED before the Sheriff will act on the Writ:

WRIT OF RESTITUTION

  • The ORIGINAL Writ of Restitution plus 3 copies.
    • Return on Residential Writ is 10 calendar days (59.18.380)
    • Return on Commercial Writ is 20 calendar days (59.12.090)
    • Request for storage of personal property (3 copies)
  • Copy of Order Directing Issuance of Writ of Restitution that includes judges signature, not a stamped conformed copy.

BREAK AND ENTER ORDER

This language can be included in the Writ of Restitution or in the form of a separate order.

FEES

$150.00 Deposit payable to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

THURSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INTAKE FORM

  • Full name, address and phone number of plaintiff
  • Full name, address and phone number of contact person (if different than plaintiff)
  • Full name, address and phone number of attorney
  • Type of premises to be evicted i.e. (single family residence, duplex, apt., mobile home, business/commercial property)
  • Circumstances law enforcement should be aware of i.e. (weapons, drugs, animals, violent persons)
  • If mobile home, is it owned by the defendant

To download a blank Writ of Restitution Intake Form, click here, print and complete the form and return it to the Sheriff's Office with 3 copies of your writs.

BOND OF INDEMNITY (59.12 Commercial Writ only)

  • Bond must be twice the amount of the value of the property levied upon or a minimum of $5,000 (whichever is greater).
  • It must be issued to John Snaza, Thurston County Sheriff and contain the signature of the plaintiff or his attorney, and the bonding agent.

This bond cannot be waived by the Courts (RCW 36.28.050)

If you have any questions, please call the Civil Division at (360) 786-5534 between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.