Sheriff's Office


Duties of the Sheriff's Office

 

Provide security and protection for the Court of Common Pleas

Deputy Sheriffs are assigned to each criminal courtroom and have the responsibility of maintaining custody of incarcerated defendants who are required to appear before the Court. Deputies are also responsible for the safety of the Judge and of all persons in the courtroom.

Provide security and protection for Juvenile Court

Deputy Sheriffs are assigned to juvenile court, cases involving individuals under the age of 18. Deputies are responsible for the transportation of in-custody juveniles from the detention center to courtroom.

Court Room Security and Prisoner Transportation

The Sheriff’s Office provides a wide range of services to the county and its residents.  Deputy Sheriffs are responsible for the security and protection of citizens and as follows:

Sheriff’s Deputies are assigned to each criminal courtroom and are responsible for maintaining the custody of incarcerated defendants who are required to appear before the court.  This includes the transport of prisoners to and from county state and federal institutions for court appearances.  The Sheriff’s Office has an Extradition Unit for the retrieval of fugitives who are captured out of state to return them to Delaware County for adjudication and incarceration.  

Deputies are also responsible for the safety of the Judge and all persons in the courtroom during proceedings.

In addition, Deputy Sheriffs are likewise responsible for the custody of juvenile defendants (those under the age of 18) and their transportation to and from detention centers for court appearances, plus the security of the Judge and all persons in the courtroom during juvenile proceedings.

Serve and enforce all orders of the Court of Common Pleas:

In the act of carrying out the orders of the Court of Common Pleas the Sheriff’s Office and its uniformed and administrative personnel honor and respect the dignity and rights of the individuals who come to them for service and those against whom documents are served. 

The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for carrying out the orders of the Court to enforce Injunctions, Warrants, the service of Protection from Abuse Orders, Writs of Summons and Complaints, Subpoenas, and Writs of Attachment / Garnishments.

 

Note to persons requiring the servicing of legal documents:

When applying in person, the Sheriff’s Office accepts cash, law firm checks, money orders and cashier’s checks. 

The Sheriff’s office does not accept personal checks or blank starter checks.  Business checks are not accepted unless they are certified by the bank prior to presentation for payment.

Prior to coming to the Sheriff’s Office to request service attempts please follow the requirements listed below:

1.  Call ahead for the exact cost of the service being requested.
2.  The complete address is required as follows:

                        Name
                        Complete address including house/building number and street
                        City, State and Zip
                        Apartment number, building number or suite number

3.  Delaware County Sheriff’s Return of Service Form is needed for all Delaware County Filings.  (No photo copies or self-made forms are accepted.)

4.  Separate paperwork is required for each defendant being served.

5.  The Sheriff requires 10 business days to serve.

6.  The Sheriff requires a file date or a reinstated date from your Prothonotary’s Office

Stamped on the papers to be served.

7.  Out-of-County Service:

a) A Sheriff’s return of Service Form is needed for each defendant. 
Note:  use the form from where the case if filed.
b) Make certain you are deputized by the Sheriff’s Office where you filed your case before sending.

8.  For all cases filed in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas:
Please provide a legible copy of the electronic stamp.  All paperwork will be returned if we cannot read the date stamp!

9.  Send a large self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for each case being attempted.If you have more than one defendant in a case you must provide a large SASE for each for proof of service attempt(s) so they can be returned to you promptly.  If a small SASE is enclosed only the affidavit will be returned.