Sheriff (Prince County)
Sheriff (Kings/Queens County)
53 Water Street
P.O. Box 2000
General Inquiries: (902) 368-6050
Our first and most important objective is to provide a safe environment
in and around PEI's courts while also offering a unique blend of
services including fine collection and commercial bailiff work. We
strive to offer the highest quality service.
Activities like court security, inmate management, jury management, fine and writ collection, and process serving all require a diverse set of skills, abilities and attitudes. Our staff are well trained and professional.
Court security is a high priority for Sheriff Services. We aim to provide a safe environment in and around PEI's courts. This objective is carried out concurrently with the need to maintain the dignity of the Courts.
Jury panels are summoned to provide a pool of potential jurors for upcoming trials. Everyone who is summoned must complete the Jury Summons and return it to the address shown within 5 days. The panel can remain active for up to six months.
Jury selections for criminal trials are attended by the person accused of an offence, defence counsel (the lawyer representing the accused), Crown counsel (the lawyer who prosecutes the case), and court staff. Twelve jurors are chosen for each criminal trial. Jury selection for civil trials is much the same, however only seven jurors are selected.
The Jury Act allows some exemptions based on extraordinary circumstances. All requests for exemptions should be made well in advance of the jury selection date. The Jury Act disqualifies some people from jury duty. Those disqualifications are listed on the summons return. The Summons return also has exemptions which potential jurors may apply for. Some exemptions may be granted through the mail. Some of these exemptions that may be granted include over 65, a student, health reasons, or extreme financial hardship. Employers must give employees time off to attend jury selection and to serve as jurors. However, they are not legally obligated to pay employees for lost time. Selected jurors are paid $40 per day and travel.
Once a judgement is rendered, the plaintiff may decide to file a writ against the defendant. Action begins once this is filed in our office. Once the writ is received at the Sheriff's Office, it is dated and any funds received are dispersed on a first come first served basis. A worksheet is then assigned to the Chief Sheriff or one of the Deputies and a file is created. A Demand Letter is sent out immediately that informs the debtor that a writ has been filed with our office and that the Sheriff has the authority to seize and sell their real and personal property.
If a debtor does not comply with demands, the easiest collection tools used are: Wage Garnishment, seizure of bank accounts, and seizure of vehicles. Debtor Exams and searches can be used to determine other assets. If the debtor owns property, the Plaintiff's lawyer can start proceedings against the property four months after the Sheriff's Office has received the Writ of Execution.
We handle a high volume of process serving in an efficient manner. We aim to have a three day turn around from when the document in received. We also offer many other services including repossessions, mortgage sales and auctions.
Our services are based along the county lines and you can contact the respective sheriff's office above. If you're unsure.. You can contact the main office and we'll direct you to the correct County.