The Civil Division processes, serves and enforces court orders, other documents issued by the courts and other legal processes.
Requirements for Service
In order for the Civil Division to process and serve papers, we need the following:
- The appropriate fee. If you are sending documents by mail, please do not send cash.
- A service address. We need a physical address for service. We cannot accept papers with a PO Box as the address listed for the defendant.
- If you have any special instructions or additional service information, please provide a letter of instruction.
- Mail or hand-deliver your papers to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Civil Division located at 63333 West Highway 20, Bend, Oregon 97701. Papers cannot be accepted at any other Sheriff’s Office location.
Warning: Failing to have the listed requirements will result in your papers being returned.
Restraining Orders/Protection Orders
Restraining orders are obtained through the Deschutes County Circuit Court, www.deschutes-court.ojd.state.or.us located at 1100 NW Bond Street, Bend, Oregon 97701. Their phone number is (541) 388-5300. Only the courts can determine if you qualify for a restraining order.
Restraining order hearings are held at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Paperwork must be completed and filed with the courts one hour prior to the hearing time.
If a judge grants your restraining order, the court clerk will provide you with certified true copies for service. If the respondent lives in Deschutes County, you will need to bring it to the Sheriff’s Office in Bend at 63333 West Highway 20 for processing. If the respondent lives outside Deschutes County, you will need to mail it to that county Sheriff’s Office for service.
Restraining Orders are processed and sent out for service the same day that it is received. We rely on the relevant data section in the restraining order, which has the name, date of birth, address and all descriptions of the respondent. The more information you provide in this section, the easier it may be for the Sheriff’s Office to complete service. Include an employment address and any other information that will be useful in order for us to serve. We will also ask you additional questions to assist us with locating and serving the respondent.
Restraining Orders are a high priority for service. However, it may take several days or several weeks to serve a respondent depending on the following:
- A respondent may be avoiding service. Restraining Orders are not search warrants; therefore we cannot force entry into a residence.
- We may be going to the residence at the wrong time because no information was provided as to the best times for service or it is unknown.
- Deputies may be responding to emergency calls or we may only have a limited number of deputies on duty.
After service is completed, the petitioner will be mailed a copy of the return of service. You may also contact the Deschutes County Jail Warrants Division to check service status at (541) 388-6668. They will only be able to tell you if the Restraining Order has been served. They cannot provide you any other information, such as how many times the Sheriff’s Office has attempted service etc. If you need to speak to a Deputy or if you need to notify our office of the whereabouts of a respondent, call the Civil Division at (541) 388-6640, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or after hours at our non-emergency dispatch center at (541) 693-6911.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office cannot give legal advice. “Legal advice” means telling a person how to go about court proceedings, filings, etc., speculating what the outcome in a court case would be, advising or recommending one procedure, form or pleading over another, advising what words to put in a form or what to say in court, suggesting what you “should do”, recommending the services of a specific attorney or group of attorneys, etc.
If you need legal assistance:
1. Yellow pages under “attorney”
2. Oregon State Bar Attorney Referral Service, 1-800-452-7636. www.osbar.org
For information regarding specific civil matters you may also refer to the Oregon Revised Statutes online at www.leg.state.or.us/ors