Why would a sheriff serve civil papers?
A summons is a paper issued by a court informing a person that a complaint has been filed against her. It may be served by a sheriff or other authorized person for service of process, called a process server.
What is a notice from the sheriff?
The sheriff's eviction notice is called a “Writ of Restitution.” After a landlord wins an eviction lawsuit, the judge will sign an order that allows the sheriff to make sure the tenant physically leaves (and removes all of their possessions).
Why would the sheriff send me a letter?
What does it mean when I received a letter from sheriff's regarding a court process? The letter states that it is a request to appear. The purpose of the letter is to allow me to pick up the process at a date convenient to me.
Why would you be served civil papers?
Getting served just means that you have been given notice of a lawsuit, in this case by a debt collector. You are served if you are handed a copy of the summons and complaint or if a summons and complaint is given to someone “of suitable age and discretion” at your home. But that does not mean the lawsuit is fake.