Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Jerry W. SmithThe Sheriff’s Office serves all the citizens of Butte County by providing a mix of public safety and public service functions. The Sheriff’s Office provides around-the-clock law enforcement service to every region of the county. In addition to 24 hour policing, we offer Butte County citizens a full range of services including, coroner services, civil services, court security and corrections.

Garnishment Process Services

Instructions for Bank Levy

 The service fee is $40.00 (per bank).  Please make checks payable to BCSO (Butte County Sheriff’s Office) or we accept cash [in person only]. 

 For service we need the LOI for Bank Levy, the service fee, the Original WRIT of Execution - Money Judgment (form EJ-130) along with two (2) copies. 

 We require an original “wet” signature of the Creditor’s Attorney or the Creditor, if not represented by an attorney on the LOI.  

 Follow this link for the WRIT of Execution form ej130.pdf


Instructions for Application for Earnings Withholding Order

 The service fee is $35.00. Please make checks payable by check to BCSO (Butte County Sheriff’s Office) or we accept cash [in person only].

 For service we need the completed Application for Earnings Withholding Order, Form WG-001, with an original “wet” signature(s) of Attorney, or Creditor if not represented by an attorney, the Original WRIT of Execution – Money Judgment (form EJ-130).

 Follow this link for the WRIT of Execution form ej130.pdf

Follow this link for the Application for Earnings Withholding Order form wg001.pdf


 GARNISHMENT CLAIMS:

Claim of Exemption from Debtor for a Bank Levy (Enforcement of Judgment) or EWO (Wage Garnishment):

Bank Levy (Enforcement of Judgment):

 Defendant has only 15 calendar days from service mailing to submit a Claim of Exemption, Form EJ-160, with original “wet” signatures (we must have 2 copies).

 Follow this link to get Claim of Exemption form for Enforcement of Judgment ej160.pdf

 We send COE to the Attorney/Creditor, they have 15 calendar days to respond with a Notice of Opposition and Notice of Hearing.  The documents will be mailed to you directly from them. 

 If no response is received by the Sheriff’s office we will send a Termination to the bank to release funds back to Debtor.

 If Opposed by Attorney/Creditor, they will respond with Notice of Opposition to Claim of Exemption (NOO) and Notice of Hearing (NOH).  You should attend the hearing. We send the set of these documents to the court, it gets attached to the COE Originals and we wait for the courts Order Determining.

 Once we receive the Court Order Determining document we process as per the courts instructions,

 Read more about Exemptions from the Enforcement of Judgment ej155.pdf

Read about Information to the Judgment Debtor found on your Notice of Levy page 2, or follow this link to a blank Notice of Levy to quickly view page 2 of the EJ-150 ej150.pdf

 A Financial Statement may be submitted.  Follow this link to get the form ej165.pdf


EWO (Wage Garnishment):

 Defendant can do a COE at any time [as their financial situation changes] and they must fill out both the COE and the Financial Statement. Read the COE instructions carefully!

 Follow this link to get Claim of Exemption form for Wage Garnishment wg006.pdf and for the Financial Statement wg007.pdf

 We send COE to Attorney/Creditor, they have 10 calendar days to respond with a Notice of Opposition and Notice of Hearing.  The documents will be mailed to you directly from them. 

 If no response is received by the Sheriff’s office we will send a Termination and/or Release/Modification to your employer, following what your COE request was.

 If Opposed by Attorney/Creditor, they will respond with Notice of Opposition to Claim of Exemption (NOO) and Notice of Hearing (NOH).   You should attend the hearing.  We send the set of these documents to the court, it gets attached to the COE Originals and we wait for the courts Order Determining.

 Once we receive the Court Order Determining document we process as per the courts instructions,

 Read more about the process on the Employee Instructions either on the documents you received or here wg003.pdf

 

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Sheriff's Office

33 County Center Dr
Oroville, CA 95965

Chico Substation
479 E. Park Ave
Chico, CA 95928

Magalia Substation
14166 Skyway
Magalia, CA 95954

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm