Civil Process

Function


The Civil Process Branch of the Administrative Department handles all seizures of foreclosure property ordered by the courts by virtue of writs of seizure and sale, garnishments, attachments, fieri facias, sequestration, and possession.

Staff


Five full-time support personnel are assigned to this division of the Sheriff's Office.

Auctions


Movable and immovable property is seized and, after time delays and advertisements are published in the local legal journal, later sold at a public auction. These auctions are held at the front door of the Parish Courthouse on Wednesdays at 10:00 am and items are sold to the highest bidder. Payment is due by 2:00 pm the day of the sale in the form of a cashier's check.

Garnishment of Wages


Garnishments of wages are processed through the Civil Division's seizure branch. Service of notice of seizure is made on the employer and payments are sent to the Sheriff's Office for processing.

Subpoenas


The Civil Process Division also handles civil and criminal subpoenas. There are three full-time and five part-time process servers which make service of subpoenas. Records are kept of all subpoenas. Evictions are also done on property that has been seized and sold if the occupant fails to vacate as directed.