Filing a Civil Process

  • Civil processes have to be filed with the issuing County. If issued in Forsyth County, the process needs to be filed at the Forsyth County Clerk of Courts office on the 2nd floor of the Hall of Justice located at 201 North Main Street in downtown Winston-Salem.
  • The clerk or plaintiff will deliver the process to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office along with a $30.00 processing fee per person being served. Service fees can be paid in cash, check or money order made payable to the Fosyth County Sheriff's Office.
  • The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office will attempt to serve the process.
  • Once service or attempted service is complete, the process is returned to the Clerks Office of the issuing county.
Day of the Week Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

In-State Processes Fee

  • In-state processes are $30.00 per person to be served.
  • Writ of Possession for Real Property in reference to manufactures mobile homes have an additional advance fee of $5.00 to be paid at time of service of writ.

Out-of-State Processes

  • Out-of-state processes are $50.00 per person to be served.
  • Notary Fee - $5.00

Items Needed for Service

  • Original process for return of service
  • Copies for the defendant
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope to whomever the original process needs to be returned to
  • Magistrate Summon/Complaint In Summary Ejectment will need 1 self addressed stamped envelope for the plaintiff and a self addressed stamped envelope for each defendant named on the civil process.

Contact and Fax Information

  • Civil Admin Phone # 336-917-7009
  • Records Unit Fax # 336-748-4195 from 8am-5pm
  • Communications Fax # 336-727-8070 after 5pm

Administration Building

    301 North Church Street
    Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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