Civil Process Office Location: 101 Ridge Street Suite 1 ., St. George, SC 29477
Phone: 843 563-0260 or 843 832-0260
Fax: 843 563-0288 or 843 832-0288
Office Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Closed on all County holidays.
Civil Process Office:
Peggy Dunn - Extension 1
Linda Shaffer - Extensin 2
Judgements and Executions:
Lt. Joseph Blake Weathers
Service of Civil Process
The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office is mandated by the South Carolina law to serve the process of the court and will be pleased to help with the service of your legal documents. You may bring them to our office personally or you may mail them to the following address:
101 Ridge Street
St. George, SC 29477
Please be sure that the following guidelines are followed when submitting documents to our office:
- The documents contain all of the proper signatures
- The documents have been filed with the Clerk of Court
- The Clerk of Court’s stamp must appear on the documents
- The full name, address and phone number of the party to be served is provided to the Sheriff’s Office
- The full name, address and phone number of the individual to whom the affidavit of service is to be delivered is provided to the Sheriff’s Office
- The appropriate fee is attached
The fees collected by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office for the service of process are set forth in 23-19-10 of the South Carolina Code of Law, 1976, as amended, and are as follows:
|Summons and Complaint
|Subpoena with additional papers
|Any other type of paper
|Claim and Delivery
|Writ of Assistance
|Orders of Seizure
|Writ of Ejectment
|Executions and Judgments
Judgements / Executions
- Research the defendant’s assets prior to filing a Summons and Complaint
- Property to be levied upon must be in the EXACT name of the defendant as it appears on the Judgment/Execution
- After obtaining a judgment, it should be immediately filed with the Clerk of Court
- Small Claims Judgments have a thirty (30) day appeal period
- Common Please Judgments cannot be enforced until the expiration of ten (10) days after its entry
What to expect when you have a judgement or execution served by the Sheriff’s Office
- There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee
- Judgments/Executions are served in the order they are received by the Sheriff’s Office
- A courtesy letter is mailed to the defendant recommending that the Sheriff’s Office be contacted within ten (10) days for instructions on satisfying the judgment. The defendant is also advised that in accordance with South Carolina law, it is incumbent upon the Sheriff to seek payment in full. Failing to pay the judgment may result in seizure of the defendant’s property. Seized property is sold at public auction to satisfy the judgment and is sold subject to all taxes, liens, encumbrances and exceptions.
- A determination is made to see if the defendant has titled assets that are subject to levy.
- Personal property must have adequate equity in order for it to be levied upon.
- The Plaintiff is responsible for all lawfully incurred expenses pertaining to the levy. This includes, but is not limited to: towing, storage and advertisement.
- The Plaintiff may be required to place a deposit with the Sheriff’s Office prior to the seizure of any property. The Sheriff’s Office must receive a deposit prior to any seizure.
- Every effort is made by the Sheriff’s Office to bring closure to cases within sixty (60) days. However, due to the volume of Judgments received by the Sheriff’s Office, cases involving the levy of real estate or other unusual circumstances may not be concluded within sixty (60) days.
Civil Process [PDF]