Civil Section

Boise County Sheriff’s Office

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday


The Sheriff is required to serve all judicial process in the manner prescribed by law. The majority of procedures and laws governing the service and execution of civil process are covered in Idaho Rules of Civil Procedure and Idaho Statute service of a summons and a copy of your complaint or petition is necessary to start a legal action by giving the other side formal notice there is a lawsuit filed against them. Otherwise, your case cannot proceed through the court system. After serving the other parties in you civil case, the process server files a return of service with the Court so the judge will know this has been done according to the law.Civil process servers also serve Subpoenas (orders to appear in court or produce documents) and other legal notices. Please be aware that only an attorney is allowed to give legal advice. If you have a legal question contact an attorney. This site is for information purposes only, not legal advice. If you have any questions about the process that the Boise County Sheriff serves please contact the civil section.

Duties of the Sheriff

The sheriff is responsible for diligence in service of process. The sheriff’s Office has the authority and duty to intervene in matters of a criminal nature. This does not hold true for civil matters. There is a lot of confusion in this area because our first instinct is to help the citizens. A good rule of thumb for any civil problem is that the person must have a court-issued civil document in their possession in order for the Sheriff’s Office to assist them with their situation. If they do not have one, we urge them to seek the professional services of an attorney to obtain one.

In addition to their regular duties, all of the Boise County Sheriff’s Deputies assist with the serving of civil process documents, as part of their daily assignments.