The Civil Divisions primary responsibilty is serving the Civil Processes including Magistrates Summons, Civil Summons, Show Cause Orders, Executions, Evictions and other documents of a non-criminal nature. The Civil Division is issued approximately 8,000 papers each year. Civil Process is one of the most important duties of the Sheriff's Office.
The Civil Division is supervised by the team of First Sergeant Harry Upchurch and Sergeant Bryan Gupton. First Sergeant Upchurch handles all Writs of Possession (evictions) for both real and personal property. He also oversees the entire division which also includes the School Resource Officers. Sergeant Bryan Gupton handles all Writs of Executions (judgements). He also is the direct supervisor for 3 civil process deputies and 1 child support deputy.
The Civil Division periodically conducts property sales which include personal property and real property. Sales are conducted as needed with proper notice being made at the Franklin County Courthouse and sales involving real property are also advertised in The Franklin Times Newspaper.
The Civil Process service fee for all papers served in Franklin County is $30.00 per defendant listed on the process.
If you would like to initiate a civil proceeding, the first step is to go to the Clerk of Court and pay the fees related to the process you are seeking.
Questions pertaining to Evictions or Landlord/Tenant issues can be directed to First Sergeant Upchurch at 919.496.2186.
Questions pertaining to Writs of Executions, Judgements, or Process Service issues can be directed to Sergeant Gupton at 919.496.2186
Execution Payments: Cash, money orders, or cashier's/certified checks are accepted only. Checks should be made payable to the Sheriff of Franklin County. These can be paid at either the main office or a substation.