Smyth County Sheriff's Office

Warrant and Civil Process Division

Captain Mark Blevins supervises the Warrant/Civil Process Division.

Warrant Division
The deputy responsible for serving warrant papers is Sgt. Tony Morris.
The Criminal Warrant Office is responsible for the service of all criminal warrants and capiases issued by the courts. In 2015, approximately 2,954 criminal warrants/papers were served.
If you have information regarding someone with an outstanding warrant, please call (276) 782-4056 or send us a messenge us on Facebook.
Civil Process Division
The deputy responsible for serving civil papers is Deputy Ernie Atwell.
In 2015, approximately 14,030 civil papers were served.  Civil papers include subpoenas, writs, show causes, garnishments, summons, and warrants in debt throughout the County of Smyth.  They also execute evictions, levies on property, sales and seizures of property.
For information regarding a civil paper, you may reach the Smyth County Sheriff's Office Civil Division at (276) 782-4056.



Eviction Process

 To start the eviction process:    

  •  Send (registered letter with return receipt requested is recommended) a five-day Pay or Quit Notice (for non-payment of rent), or send or have served upon the tenant, a 30-day Notice (for any other acceptable reason)
  • File for possession of the property with a Summons for Unlawful Detainer in General District Court (tenant is unlawfully "detaining" your property)
  • Once judgment is granted and no appeal has been noted by the defendant, then a Writ of Possession can be filed. The Writ of Possession gives authority to the Sheriff to provide protection in order for the plaintiff to remove the belongings of the tenant.