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RNC Operational Updates for Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19

The Milwaukee County Courthouse will remain open during the Republican National Convention (RNC). All court operations (Civil and Family Filings, Restraining Orders, Probate, In Custody Intake Court, Preliminary Hearings) will be operating at Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center (10201 W. Watertown Plank Rd. Wauwatosa, WI.) For more information about how other Milwaukee County services and operations will be impacted during the RNC, visit Milwaukee County's RNC updates webpage.  

Effective July 15 - July 19, 2024, Civil Process and the Traffic Desk will adjust the process for submitting legal documents and payments for MCSO-issued parking citations.


During this time, there will be NO access to 821 W. State St., Room 102.


There will be two options to submit paperwork for service.
1. Paperwork may be submitted online to our email at MCSOCIVILPROCESS.MILWAUKEECOUNTYWI.GOV

  • Please ensure all paperwork is completed and filed with the court and the court date is listed if applicable.
  • Also include all information needed for service, such as the defendant's first and last name, date of birth, and last known address.
  • If you provide the address for the defendant's place of employment, please include the hours of operation or shift.
  • Payment must accompany all submittals. Payment can be made at GOVPAYNOW.COM using payment location number #A003MT.
  • Your paperwork will only be printed or processed with payment.
  • If you have a valid fee waiver dated within the last 30 days, please submit it along with your paperwork.

ALL Writs MUST be submitted in person.


2. Paperwork may be submitted in person at the MCSO Patrol Substation, 10320 W. Watertown Plank Rd, Wauwatosa, WI, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

  • Please ensure all paperwork is completed and filed with the court with the court date listed, if applicable.
  • Also include all information needed for service, such as the defendant's first and last name, date of birth, and last known address.
  • If you provide the address for the defendant's place of employment, please include the hours of operation or shift.
  • Cash, checks, money orders, and debit/credit cards are accepted payment options. 
  • If you have a valid fee waiver dated within the last 30 days, please submit it along with your paperwork.

ALL Writs MUST be submitted in person.


Writs of Restitution and Writs of Assistance must be valid, filled out completely, and match the information entered on the court record for processing.


Please see below for pricing:
Legal papers (Summons, Notices, Subpoenas, Claims): $90 
T.R.O., Harassment & Injunction: $85 
Evictions/Foreclosures: $200 (includes a $80 process fee) 
Eviction hourly rate: $60 (per deputy sheriff, maximum 2) 
Evictions/Foreclosures: Return without Service: $95 
Writ of Replevin: $300 
Execution of Property: $75 


MCSO-issued parking citations can be paid online at GOVPAYNOW.COM using payment location Number #4723.
You may also mail a check or money order to Attention Traffic Desk 821 W. State St., Room 102, Milwaukee, WI 53233.
 

The Office of the Sheriff, by state statute, is responsible for the service of legal process in Milwaukee County. Deputy sheriffs are assigned to the Process Division and are responsible for the timely service of subpoenas, restraining orders, injunctions, summons and complaints and other legal documents. Papers and other process service including evictions can be processed in person or by mail.

For questions specific to your case, call the Process Division desk at (414) 278-5030.

Effective immediately, all writs or evictions will be processed in the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office Safety Building, 821 W State St, Room 102, Milwaukee.

If you have legal paperwork that you would like the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office to serve, you can either process in the office or by email.

We only accept online payments.

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  How do I get court paperwork served on somebody?

Once you have all the correct documents from the court, and you want the Sheriff's Office to serve the papers, come to the Safety Building room 102, windows 3-5.

  Does it cost to serve papers?

Yes.

All legal papers (Summons, Notices, Subpoenas, Orders) $90
Temporary Restraining Order-Harassment & Injunction $85.00
Evictions/Foreclosures: $200 (includes a $80 process fee)
Eviction hourly rate: $60 (per deputy sheriff, maximum 2)
Evictions/Foreclosures: Return without Service: $95
Writ of Replevin: $300
Execution of Property: $75


The service fee for most general civil process papers will cover up to the first three attempts.

  How do I get a tenant evicted?

The process begins with the court system. Once you have received the proper court paperwork, come to the Safety Building Room 102 window 6.

By Mail

To begin process service, send the original and one copy of all legal documents along with the required fee (check or money order) and a self-addressed, stamped return envelope to:

Office of the Sheriff - Civil Process Cashiers
821 W. State Street Safety Building Rm 102
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Telephone: (414) 278-5030

Fax: (414) 223-1870

In-person

Evictions Process 

Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Evictions are handled at window 6, Safety Building Room 102.

Civil Process

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Papers are handled at windows 3 through 5, Safety Building Room 102.

A status of indigent report is required to waive the service fee.

For more information call (414) 278-4443.

Fees

All legal papers (Summons, Notices, Subpoenas, Orders) $90
Temporary Restraining Order-Harassment & Injunction $85.00
Evictions/Foreclosures: $200 (includes a $80 process fee)
Eviction hourly rate: $60 (per deputy sheriff, maximum 2)
Evictions/Foreclosures: Return without Service: $95
Writ of Replevin: $300
Execution of Property: $75
The service fee for most general civil process papers will cover up to the first three attempts.

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

821 W. State St., Room 107
Milwaukee, WI 53233

(414) 278-4766

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