Personnel from the Court Services Bureau can provide information on how to submit a process and the status of a process that has already been submitted, but cannotprovide legal advice. If legal advice is needed, contact an attorney. If you need to file a process, file it with the Clerk of Courts.
Once the process has been served or no-serviced (could not find the person to be served), a return of service will be mailed to you at the address provided on the process.
All fees collected are nonrefundable. Fees are paid when each original request or service of process is made.
Enforceable Process Process containing wording allowing or commanding action by the Sheriff, or in some cases any law enforcement officer.
Types of Enforceable Writs
Attachment Commands the Sheriff to take property into his control to safeguard it pending further order of the court.
Bodily Attachment Commands the Sheriff to bring a person before a particular Judge. It may or may not include wording necessary to incarcerate the person if the Judge is not available.
Distress Writ Prevents the removal of property from the site and subsequently orders it into the custody of the Sheriff to prevent possible damage or removal in order to protect the plaintiff's interests. Further order of the court may include levy and Sheriff's Sale of the property.
Execution Commands the Sheriff to levy on property to satisfy a judgment.
NE Exeat Prohibits an individual from departing the geographical jurisdiction of the court.
Directed Court Order Commands the Sheriff to do a specific act.
Replevin Commands the Sheriff to take custody of an item and immediately transfer it to the plaintiff.
Tax Warrant Sheriff's levy for collection of certain taxes.
The Miami-Dade Police Department has the right to refuse to accept a particular form of payment in any case, or from any individual or company. Payment can be made the following ways:
Cash (United States currency only)
Credit/Debit Cards (in person only)
Money orders must have your name, address and telephone number. If it's a company or government agency making the payment, the name of a contact person must appear on the face of the money order.
Checks will not be accepted from any individual in bad payment standing with the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Only the following types of checks are accepted:
Those issued by a government agency, which is part of a governmental body located within the United States of America.
Company checks from law firms.
Company and personal checks whose account holder is physically located in Miami-Dade County.
All checks must:
Include the imprinted name and street address of the person paying (a P.O. Box is not a street address). If it's a company or government agency, the name of a contact person must also be written on the check.
Include a contact number for the payer or their representative.
Have the full style of the case written on the front of the check.
Read about evictions to learn everything a landlord needs to do in order to legally evict a tenant.
Conditions of a sale may not be modified once the sale has commenced. The sale is considered to have commenced once the pre-sale announcement is begun. At that point, the plaintiff may not cancel a sale or change the conditions of a sale. Read more about sheriff's sale conditions.
Court Services Bureau can provide information on the status of a process that has already been submitted on the Sheriff Public Portal.
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