Civil Division

Civil Division Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for Pistol Permit unit which is open 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Civil Division is a state mandated service of the Sheriff's Office. Its purpose and function is to serve and execute the various legal processes issued not only by and for the several non-criminal courts of the state and its subdivisions, but also for the legal community and the general public. Departmental and divisional policies and procedures are consistent with New York State and court case law. These policies are designed and developed to insure the accurate, expeditious, and judicious service and execution of all matters relating to civil process which includes the Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR), Judiciary Law, Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (RPAPL), Family Court Act (FCA), etc.

Deputy Sheriffs are public officers entrusted to perform specific duties that contribute to the administration of justice. The purpose of service of civil process is to give notice to a defendant of the commencement of a legal action or a proceeding. Although any private citizen over 18 years of age can serve process if they are not party to the action, Sheriff's Offices are asked to serve process because of their traditionally good record keeping practices and professional service.