The Morgan County Sheriff's Clerk's Office handles a mix of duties within the Sheriff's Office. The Service of Civil Process is the primary responsibility of any Sheriff's Office. Civil Process consists of Subpoenas, Evictions, Garnishments, Divorce Papers, Small Claims, Writs, Executions, Protection from Abuse Orders, and various other Civil Processes as well as probate matters. All these papers are processed by the Clerks Office.
Most of these documents must be served in a timely manner and will in many cases require a response from the defendant back to the court. Many come from other jurisdictions, both in-state and from out-of-state. Sheriff's sales are also conducted by the Civil Division.
Over the last few years, the Civil Division has served an average of approximately 15,000 to 20,000 documents. As the county's population increases so does the number of civil documents filed in the county.
The primary support staff for the Civil Division is located in the Clerk's Office on the second floor of the Morgan County Sheriff's Office. Our Clerk's Office handles the bulk of the Civil Process received by the Sheriff's Office.
The Clerks Office is the first group you will see when visiting the Sheriff's Office and handles Conceal Carry Permits, Reports, Fingerprinting, and other customer service functions.
Additionally, they support the Civil Division in handling the following:
- Service of legal process
- Issuing pistol permits
- Maintenance and service of arrest warrants
- Maintenance of records
- Fingerprint classification and comparison
- Courthouse security
- Inmate Transports
- Election security
SERVICES AND FEES
Our Clerks Office also provides these additional services: The following services require cash and an ID:
- Copy of Reports $5.00
- Fingerprints for background check $20.00
- Criminal Histories (local only) $10.00
Out-Of-State Civil Papers
The fee for us to serve an out-of-state civil paper for anyone other than another law enforcement agency is $50.00, check made payable to the Morgan County Sheriff's Office and should be mailed to the following address:
Morgan County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Admin Office/Civil Papers
119 Lee St NE
Decatur, AL 35601
NOTE: The Morgan County Sheriff's Office, in accordance with proper service, will only accept legal documents from the courts or law enforcement agencies from which they originated.
The Clerk's Office is located on the 2nd floor of the Sheriff's Office located at 119 Lee St NE, Decatur, AL 35601.
The offices are open Monday - Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Friday,