Civil Division

 

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The Civil Division serves and executes civil processes and all other orders as directed by the courts in accordance with Louisiana Revised Statutes as well as assisting other departments and officers within the Sheriff's Office when called upon.

The civil division consists of twenty-one (21) post-certified, sworn deputies and eight (8) civil sworn deputies. The post-certified deputies execute all civil and criminal documents as ordered by the court, including, but not limited to, citations and petitions, subpoenas, criminal summons, etc.  Each of these deputies is assigned to a geographical area (zone) based on population and location within the parish. Calcasieu Parish is divided into seventeen (17) zones.

These deputies are also responsible for the seizure of property, real (ex: homes, buildings, vacant lots/real estate) and movable (ex: vehicles, boats, motors, furniture, heavy duty equipment). The deputies are diligent in their duties and maintain records of execution or attempted service on all legal documents and the information is logged on a daily basis for efficient record keeping and to help provide financial accounting.

The eight civil sworn deputies are clerical and their primary duties are processing all the data within the division. They execute all parish sheriff sales in accordance with Louisiana Law (to include: the processing of writs, advertising, preparation of deeds and judicial bills of sales, obtaining mortgage certificates and appraisals, collecting and disbursing funds, etc.). They are responsible for the input of all in-parish and out-of-parish civil documents information into the computer. They charge out all postings and returns on these documents as well as prepare court ordered garnishments along with the collection and disbursement of garnishment funds. Their record and bookkeeping practices are meticulous which ensure financial accountability within the Sheriff's Office.