Civil Process papers are non-criminal, court related documents and involve a civil (non-criminal) court proceeding such as evictions and small claims matters.

In many cases, the court rule requires that notice of the proceeding be served on the defendant by a Sheriff's deputy. The Sheriff's Office charges for this service and the fees are established by State of Maine law. A $80 deposit will be assessed when presenting the Civil Process Division of the Sheriff's Office with civil papers that need to be served. Costs associated with civil process service generally involve $21 for service, approximately $3 for postage & withholding fees and 57 cents for each mile traveled. Any funds left over from the deposit will be refunded when sending back the "return of service" to the plaintiff.

A plaintiff may check on the status of a civil paper they are waiting to be served by calling the Civil Process Division at 207-667-1404, ext. 226 or Major Richard D. Bishop, ext 228.

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