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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

Department of Justice and Regulation, Infringement Management and Enforcement Services

Manages the end-to-end infringements system in Victoria, including Sheriff's Operations

Civic Compliance Victoria

Processes infringements throughout the lifecycle from fines, enforcement orders and warrants

Sheriffs Operations

Employs sheriff's officers who are responsible for actioning civil and criminal warrants in Victoria.

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After a sheriff's visit

Information for people who have been visited by a sheriff's officer

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Auctions

Learn more about the sale of goods that have been seized by sheriff's officers

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Sheriff activities

How sheriff's officers identify and make contact with people with outstanding warrants

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Sheriff enforcement powers

An overview of the sanctions sheriff's officers are authorised to apply when enforcing a warrant issued by a Victorian court

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Sheriffs in action

Results from operations staged by sheriff's officers including a WIN News report about a roadblock operation at Winton Motor Raceway

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Automatic Number Plate Recognition

Sheriff's officers use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to identify vehicles that have outstanding warrants

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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.