Sheriff’s Court Services
Deputies assigned to the Sheriff’s Court Services Division serve as officers of the court and are responsible for:
- Security in the courts
Monitoring court security and decorum; serving the courts by maintaining public safety.
- Execution of orders issued by the court
Receiving, serving, and executing all civil processes and orders that are accepted for service in the manner prescribed by law. The law requires that any civil process brought to the Sheriff for service must be valid on its face, issued by a competent authority, and accompanied by adequate legal instructions.
- Service and enforcement of civil processes
Court Services deputies serve civil and criminal arrest warrants.
The Sheriff’s Court Services Division receives, serves, and executes all civil processes and orders that are accepted for service in the manner prescribed by law. The law requires that any civil process brought to the Sheriff for service must be valid on its face, issued by a competent authority, and accompanied by adequate legal instructions.
The instructions must state the process to be served, the person or entity to be served, the location for service, and be signed by the attorney of the party or by the party if he has no attorney.
The majority of procedures and laws governing the service and execution of civil processes are covered in the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP). Also, there are generally time restrictions regarding the service and enforcement of various types of civil processes that must be adhered to. The fees for service of civil processes are set in accordance with the California Government Code, 26720 et. seq.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Court Services Division does not accept personal checks for civil process fees. Payment by cash, cashier’s check, or money order must accompany requests for services.
Non-Enforcement Civil Processes
As of January 2, 1995, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has discontinued service of non-enforcement civil processes. Non-enforcement civil processes can be served by anyone over the age of 18 that is not a party to the action or by a registered process-server. A list of registered process servers in Riverside County may be obtained from:
|Office of the County Clerk & Recorder|
|2724 Gateway Drive
Riverside, CA 92502
|P.O. Box 751
Riverside, CA 92502-0751
The Riverside County Sheriff continues to serve and enforce the following civil processes:
Riverside County Courthouses
The Riverside Superior Court is the state trial court for Riverside County with 14 current courthouses:
- Riverside Historic Courthouse
- Riverside Hall of Justice
- Riverside Family Law Court
- Riverside Juvenile Court
- Southwest Justice Center – Murrieta
- Moreno Valley Court
- Banning Court
- Hemet Court
- Corona Court
- Temecula Court
- Larson Justice Center – Indio
- Indio Juvenile Court
- Palm Springs Court
- Blythe Court
Featured Riverside County Courts
Riverside Historic Courthouse and the Hall Of Justice
The main courthouse is the Riverside Historic Courthouse. This landmark was finished in 1904. In 1994, the courthouse was closed for seismic retrofits due to the 1992 Landers and 1994 Northridge earthquakes. The courthouse was reopened and rededicated in September 1998.
Southwest Justice Center
The Southwest Justice Center was a three-phase project to build an operating justice campus. In 2012 the center was fully upgraded, adding a 288-jail cell addition and security upgrades to an existing jail; a 100-bed, 63,000 sq-ft juvenile detention facility; and a courtroom facility with 12 new courtrooms. The Southwest Justice Center hears criminal, traffic, unlimited civil, small claims, unlawful detainers as well as juvenile, mental health and probate.
Moreno Valley Superior Court
The ultra modern Moreno Valley Superior Court handles a variety of cases that are filed or heard at this location, including evictions, small claims & traffic cases.
The new Banning Justice Center replaced the 1950’s-era Banning Courthouse. The two-story building has a basement and features 68,584 square feet. It replaced the cramped, severely crowded older facility. The new court features six courtrooms; one for arraignments and pretrial misdemeanor and felony matters; one community courtroom for traffic, small claims and some civil matters; and four courtrooms for preliminary hearings and trials.
The Larson Justice Center in Indio handles all criminal matters, infractions, misdemeanor and felony charges. The Indio courthouse is also known as the Larson Justice Center, and serves Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, Thousand Palms, Bermuda Dunes, Thermal, and all surrounding areas.
Hemet Superior Court
The Hemet Courthouse features 9 courtrooms and covers 89,690 Square feet. The court handles civil, criminal, domestic relations, juvenile, mental health and probate cases.
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