Manages the end-to-end infringements system in Victoria, including Sheriff's Operations
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 Fines 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.
- Follow the Sheriff on Twitter (External link)
- Sheriff's office locations (External link)
- What happens if you don't pay a fine (External link)
- Pay a fine (External link)
- What to do if your wheel has been clamped (External link)
- What happens when the sheriff contacts you
- Find out how to become a sheriff
- Read the Attorney-General's annual reports on the infringement system
Information for people who have been visited by a sheriff's officer
Learn more about the sale of goods that have been seized by sheriff's officers
How sheriff's officers identify and make contact with people with outstanding warrants
An overview of the sanctions sheriff's officers are authorised to apply when enforcing a warrant issued by a Victorian court
Sheriff's officers are responsible for enforcing warrants and orders issued by all Victorian Courts
Sheriff's officers use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to identify vehicles that have outstanding warrants