The Legal Process Unit of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office is responsible for serving and executing all legal process generated by the court system. Some of the daily operations of this unit include serving summons, subpoenas, garnishments and domestic violence injunctions, conducting evictions.
Civil commitment documents directing a person to be taken to a facility for mental or drug/alcohol evaluation are also handled in these units.
The Legal Process Unit serves process for governmental entities, private attorneys, and the general public as well as out of state and out of county sources.
The Sheriff is allowed under Florida Statute 30.231 to charge a "reasonable fee" for the service of process.
Any extended civil standby may require an Extra Duty Deputy and can be scheduled with our Extra Duty coordinator at (772) 978-6126. Please check with the Legal Process staff in advance if this is an issue.
MARCHMAN ACT (SUBSTANCE ABUSE) / BAKER ACT (MENTAL HEALTH)
If you are willing to swear in a Petition for Involuntary Examination that you have personally witnessed an individual causing harm to themselves or others, an "Ex-Parte" for an involuntary examination can be completed at Family Services Division of the Clerk's Office, 2000 16th Avenue, Suite 136, Indian River County Courthouse. For more information, contact the Mental Health Division at (772) 770-5185.