Welcome to the County of Berks
Civil Process

The Berks County Sheriff's Office receives over 10,000 pieces of civil process each year. This number does not include the thousands of tax sale documents that are processed through and served by the office. The Civil Division is comprised of a Real Estate Administrator and 10 staff members. It is responsible for processing Sheriff's sales, protections from abuse orders, civil complaints, tax notices and the issuing of the Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms.

Civil Process Division
Contact information:
Jennifer DeFrees
Real Estate Administrator
610.478.6240 Ext 3211
JDefrees@CountyofBerks.com

 

Berks County Sheriff's Costs for Civil Process*

 

Checks should be made payable to Eric J. Weaknecht, Sheriff*​

**Effective June 12, 2017, all checks for Personal Property deposit and Attachments must be separate.  We will no longer accept one check for both services.  Any questions please call 610-478-6240 x3204 or x3210.**

 

**Effective January 1, 2018 the fee for an attachment of up to 3 garnishees will be a $300 deposit.  IF you have more than 3 garnishees call 610-478-6240 x3204 or x3210.

 

 

 

 

Civil Services Filed in Berks County Prothonotary's Office​
Deposit for 1-3 Defendants: $100.00
Additional fee for each additional Defendant: $50.00

 Civil Services Filed
Out of County / Out of State​

Deposit $100.00
​Personal Property Filed in Berks County Prothonotary's Office
​               Deposit $300.00

​Personal Property Filed in
District Justice Office

               Deposit $300.00
Real Estate​
              Deposit $2,500.00

​Attachments
As of 1/1/2018 the fee for attachments up to 3 garnishees.

IF you have more than 3 garnishees call
610-478-6240 x3204 for the fee.

​       Deposit $300.00
​*Deputized Services:
Contact County where service is to be made for costs

 
 Forms
 
 
(Complete one form per Defendant) 
 
Real Estate Claim Form (This form MUST be filed within ten (10) days from date of Sheriff's Sale -- $10.00 Filing Fee)
 
Personal Property Claim(Sheriff's Office Personal Claim (Sheriff Interpleader).
 
$45.00 fee must accompany the filing of this claim.)
 
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