Civil Process Unit

Department Policy in Response to Governor's Moratorium on Evictions Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic

Effective March 18, 2020, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department generally will not be enforcing eviction orders. 

Any eviction orders received by the PCSD will be reviewed to determine if the order clearly states that it was issued based on a court's finding that (a) the individual(s) named in the eviction order is creating a significant and immediate risk to the health or safety of others; or (b) at least 60 days written notice were provided of intent to (i) personally occupy the premises as a primary residence, or (ii) sell the property.  The eviction moratorium is effective until 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2021. Such cases will be reviewed on an individual basis, to determine whether to proceed with the eviction.

For a copy of the Governor’s Order relating to evictions, 

click here

Civil Unit Duties

The Civil Unit of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department serves legal documents throughout the county, performs evictions, enforces the orders of the court and holds sales of real and personal property.


The Sheriff's Department serves legal documents within Pierce County but is only responsible for serving protection orders within the unincorporated portions of the county.

City police agencies are responsible for serving domestic violence, anti-harassment, sexual assault, stalking, extreme risk and vulnerable adult protection orders to persons residing within their city limits. For service of protection orders within city limits please contact the applicable city police agency.

Serving Papers

To more effectively assist you we will need to know information about the person(s) to be served. Please submit the service information form with your service documents. Please note that we cannot serve documents unless you provide a physical address. We can't serve papers at a P.O. box. The Sheriff's Department charges a fee to serve legal papers. See our information regarding fees.

Service at Joint Base Lewis-McChord  (JBLM)

For service at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, please provide the social security number and/or date of birth for the service member being served. Civil Unit staff will attempt to contact the service member's chain of command and request that the service member appear at the Military Police Administration Office to be served.  Services at JBLM normally happen on Wednesday mornings.  We can also serve dependents at their residence on JBLM. The military does not allow us to serve civilian employees or National Guard or Army Reserve members. Madigan Army Medical Center only permits the Sheriff's Department to serve Guardianship documents to patients and Subpoenas to medical providers.