Civil Enforcement

The legal action notice may be in the form of a variety of legal documents, and must be served in accordance with the Code of Virginia. Some of the legal notices are capias, detinue summons/warrants, fieri-facia (writ), garnishment summons, show cause summons, witness summons, and protective orders.
For information concerning the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office Civil Enforcement Division or if you have questions concerning service of legal documents please call 757-382-6858.


Note: There is no fee for serving a Preliminary Protective Order or Protection Order

Advertising for a sheriff sale 75.00

Any out of state service 80.00 per defendant or
per address of service

These are just a few of the many documents that The Civil Enforcement Division serves.
The Sheriff fees for service are $12.00 per person on most documents.

  • Capias (only delivered by sheriff)
  • Confession of Judgment
  • Joint account Summons
  • Motion for Judgment
  • Motion to Rehear
  • Notices
  • Petitions
  • Re-Services/Amendments
  • Show Causes
  • Subpoena Duces Tecum
  • Subpoena for Witness
  • Summons
  • Third Party Claims
  • Unlawful Detainer
  • Warrant in Debt
  • Warrant in Detinue
  • 72 hour vacate notice

Additional Documents that are a higher service fee:

Sheriff Fee on Garnishment Summons is $12.00 for defendant and $12.00 for garnishee

Interrogatory Summons $24.00

Notice of Lien
$24.00 ($12 defendant service fee/$12 bank)
$12.00 for each additional person

Writ of Possession in Detinue $25.00 per case

Writ of Possession in Unlawful Detainer $25.00 per case

Writ of Fieri Facias $25.00