Writs FAQ

Has my paper been served?

You will receive a notification via email when your paper has been served. 

Do you have to come to my house to serve me?

No, we can leave the paperwork in our office for you to come in and pick up if you’d like.

How much does it cost to serve one defendant?

One defendant at one address is $85.00. 

How do I get someone served in another county in Pennsylvania?

The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office would have to deputize the service to the selected county in Pennsylvania. There is a fee due to our office and a separate fee for the Sheriff’s Office in the other county. 

I received a card from Sheriff's Office. What should I do?

It is dependent on what color card you received. 

  • If you received a YELLOW card, a Deputy needs to serve you with legal paperwork. The deputy should have listed their name and phone number on the card.
  • If you received a BLUE card, there is a warrant for your arrest due to Family Division. Again, please read the card and contact the number listed. If no Deputy name or number is listed, please contact the Sheriff’s Office Family Division at 412-350-3204.
  • If you received a GREEN card, Deputies are attempting to contact you regarding a magisterial warrant from Pittsburgh Municipal Courts. Please contact them at 412-258-5913.