Civil Enforcement Division

This Division provides a state mandated service, which is provided by all Sheriff's Offices throughout New York State. This office is the enforcement tool for all courts, including small claims, city, town, county, state and federal jurisdictions.

Purpose & Function

The purpose and function of the Civil Enforcement Division is to serve and execute the various legal processes issued not only by and for the several non-criminal courts of New York State and for jurisdictions of other states, but also for the legal community and the general public.

All summonses, subpoenas, request for levies, income and property executions and warrants of eviction are routed through the Civil Enforcement Division where they are processed, recorded and assigned for service.

Operational Overview

The Civil Enforcement Division processes more than Two million dollars a year in funds collected, which are distributed to courts, individuals or attorneys representing clients. Fees allowed by NYS law and collected for providing these services generate revenue for the county. The Division also arranges for court ordered sales of seized property, receives and disburses bails and handles Order of Protection issued by Family Court Judges.

Make Payments Online

Rensselaer County's Sheriff, Jack Mahar, announced that as of March 14, 2013 the Civil Division will now accept credit and debit cards payments through GovPayNet. Individuals who have income executions against them and are facing having their wages garnished can now pay with a major credit, debit or prepaid debit card.