General Civil Process
The Sheriff has a statutory responsibility to serve civil process papers. To accomplish this task, deputies serve papers throughout Delta County in between complaint calls. This office serves thousands of papers annually. Typically, service is attempted within 12 hours of receipt of paper. Successful service will depend upon the accuracy of information that we receive from the plaintiff or attorney and the willingness of the individual to accept service. Any additional information including, place of employment, telephone/cell numbers, will help to expedite service. Most certainly, all efforts are exhausted before papers are returned unsuccessful. The plaintiff (or plaintiff’s attorney) will be billed upon completion of service. Fees include a service fee, based on type of paper, and mileage for one round-trip attempt to address listed. Fees are as follows:
|Civil Process Fees|
|Summons & Complaint||$26.00|
|Personal Protection or Modify Orders||$26.00|
|Affidavit & Claim||$26.00|
|Writ of Garnishment||$23.00|
|Order to Seize||$40.00|
|Order of Eviction||$40.00|
|Mileage||$0.80 per mile|
Personal Protection Orders
The Sheriff’s Office provides service of Personal Protection Orders (PPO) and Modify Orders to individuals residing in Delta County. The Sheriff’s Office asks for prepayment of the service fees for PPOs and Modify Orders, in return for that prepayment we will waive the mileage fee. If you have been granted a suspension of fees, please provide that information along with your PPO and Modify Order. If the defendant resides outside of Delta County, you will need to contact the Sheriff’s Office of the county in which he/she resides. The Delta County Sheriff’s Office will not process out-of-county papers.
Foreclosure Sales The Sheriff’s Office DOES NOT maintain a list of foreclosed homes. This list is virtually impossible to keep up with, as it is constantly changing due to cancellations and adjournments. For information regarding a specific foreclosed home please email the civil process clerk at the below email. If you have general questions regarding the foreclosure process, please call a real estate attorney.
All Sheriff foreclosure sales are held on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. inside the Ludington Street entrance of the Delta County Courthouse, 310 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829. All individuals wishing to bid must be at the courthouse by 10:00 a.m.. A Sheriff employee will begin the sales at 10:00 a.m.. The employee will announce the first sale and register bidders, bidders will be required to provide proof of payment. Cashier checks and cash will be the acceptable means of payment. Other payment options are available but they must be approved prior to the sale. When a bidder is approved by the Sheriff employee, the bidder will then be required to sign in on a provided bidding form. The sale will then be conducted immediately after the registration process. Upon completion of the first sale the Sheriff employee will move on to the next sale with the same process.
All Attorney Sheriff sale requests must be received at this office by 2:00 p.m. on the date before the sale.
Civil Process Contact Numbers:
Civil Process Clerk: (906) 786-3633opens phone dialer