Civil Process – Civil & Criminal Court Documentation

The Civil Process Division, located in Room 112 of the Allegheny County Courthouse, has the responsibility of processing and docketing civil court papers such as divorces, execution against real and personal property, orders of court and miscellaneous writs dealing with respondents and transportation of prisoners.

Each of these papers, numbering several thousand annually, needs to be formally recorded as they are served to the defendants and appropriate records of these transactions maintained.

Until 2001, all records were manually handwritten and maintained. In April 2001, the Sheriff’s Office automated the division by installing several computers as well as a Civil Process tracking database. Also a project has been completed in which information can be shared between the Department of Court Records (formerly the Prothonotary) and Sheriff’s Office.

If you received a notice that a Sheriff’s Deputy was at your home and made an attempt to serve, please view the Writs page to find that deputy’s name to contact.

Phone Numbers

  • Allegheny County Return of Service
    • 412.350.4703
  • e Files
    • 412.350.4706
  • Foreign Writs
    • 412.350.3208
  • Out of County Deputizations
    • 412.350.3208
  • Precious Metals
    • 412.350.3208