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Sheriffs in Victoria

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Sheriff’s officers take action against people who do not comply with their debt-related court orders.

They enforce warrants and orders issued by Victorian courts for both criminal (arising from unpaid fines) and civil (arising from orders made following civil disputes) matters.

Sheriff’s officers use a variety of means (see the sheriff activities page on this website) to locate people named on warrants (defendants).

Once they have tracked down a defendant, they demand payment of outstanding debt.

If the defendant does not take action to resolve their outstanding matters, sheriff’s officers are authorised to exercise a range of enforcement powers.

For enquiries regarding criminal warrants, contact Sheriff's Operations – Civic Compliance Victoria, for enquiries about civil warrants, contact Sheriff’s Operations – Civil Support Section. (See 'Who's involved' for contact details.)

Alternatively, you can visit the Sheriff's office location (External link) nearest to you in regional or metropolitan Victoria.

Who's involved

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The department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.