The duties of the Legal Service Unit is to assist attorneys and pro se litigants by first processing and then delivering or "serving" the legal documents necessary for civil courts to conduct their business. The Officers assigned to this Unit provide legal service of court documents by delivering them to defendants and others, thereby commencing lawsuits, summonsing witnesses, and giving notice of protective orders. Additionally, after the courts make judgments, the civil process staff help enforce these judgments by seizing property, garnishing wages and performing Sheriff's sales.
Fee for service $50.00 Cash/Money Order, No personal checks accepted. 3 Copies of the Summons and 2 copies of the Complaint for service sent to The Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, 4997 Unami Boulevard, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. The fee covers the cost of serving the papers and as many trips to the location without exceeding the $50 deposit. You may come in and prepay for additional trips.
When a Summons and Complaint package is received from an Attorney’s Office a $100.00 deposit is requested.
The Attorney’s Office will e-file their own Affidavit of Service with that “County of Venue”.
Our Office will attempt service up to 5 times (3 daytime trips-2 nighttime trips).
Writ of Possessions are filed in Trenton….
Attn: Foreclosure Unit
Superior Court Clerk’s Office
P.O. Box 971, Trenton, NJ 08625
Note: Clerk of the Superior Court-Michelle M. Smith-Clerk $50.00 fee
GPS Address: Justice Complex, 25 W. Market Street, 6th Floor, Trenton, NJ 08625
When the Sheriff’s Office receives a Writ of Possession in our Office, the papers are Served/Posted at the residence, the Occupant(s) have 10 days to vacate on their own.
If the Occupants are not moved out in 10 days an Eviction date will be scheduled.
The Occupants will receive a letter in the mail stating the date and time the Securing Agent (yourself or your agent) and the Officers will be at the residence to move out
any personal belongings to a storage location and lock the residence.
Note: If the Occupants need more time beyond the date scheduled, they can fill out Motion papers in Atlantic City and ask for a Court date to speak to the Judge and ask for more time.
Per NJ Law you are required to hold the personal belongings for 30 days, if you do not hold the belongings for 30 days you face a potential lawsuit.
All other asset levies sales require a $200.00 deposit.