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Service of Process

A wide range of court papers can be served by the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office. Fees are determined by location and can be found on the following Fee Schedule (please note that each paper served is charged a fee which means that multiple services to the same address requires more than one fee). Types of papers served by this department are:
  • Summons and Complaints
  • Affidavits and Claims
  • Order to Show Cause
  • Subpoenas
  • Small Claims
  • Garnishments
  • Divorce Papers
  • Personal Protection Orders (PPO’s)
  • Writ of Evictions
Please send papers to be served/posted/mailed along with the proper fee to the following address:
  Calhoun County Sheriff's Office
  Civil Division
  161 East Michigan Avenue
  Battle Creek, MI 49014
 
For more information please call: (269) 969-6424 or via e-mail.
 
Please note: Any information regarding the person(s) being served such as: type of car driven, hours of employment, hours most likely to be at address, description, etc. would be appreciated and could expedite service.
 

Payments

Cash, check or Money Order made payable to the County of Calhoun. Visa or MasterCard is also accepted (service fees may apply)

Freedom of Information Requests (FOIA)

The Civil Division is responsible for receiving and distributing the majority of the Freedom of Information requests for the Sheriff’s Office. FOIA requests must be submitted in writing to the Records Office. Additional charges are assessed for photographs, videos, and extensive reproduction of records. This process may take five (5) business days for a response.
 
This request can be submitted by filling the request in person at our offices located in Battle Creek or Marshall, or the request can also be submitted by faxing, mailing, or emailing the request form.
 
Our mailing address is: Calhoun County Sheriff's Office
  FOIA Request
  161 East Michigan Ave.
  Battle Creek, Michigan 49014
 
For more information please call: (269) 969-6424 or via e-mail.
 

Cost :

The cost will vary depending on what kind of information is requested. If the amount exceeds $50, a down payment may be required before processing. Cash, check or Money Order made payable to the County of Calhoun
 
General traffic accident reports must be obtained from P2C - Police 2 Citizen

Mortgage Foreclosure Sales

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Foreclosure Sale is held every Thursday, except holidays, at the Calhoun County Justice Center in the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Administrative Office, Rm F225, at 161 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014.  The sale starts promptly at 10 a.m. and will be held open for one hour.
 
The Calhoun County Sheriff only acts as the auctioneer for the mortgage foreclosure sales, and does not have prior information about the sales, such as what property and/or price of property will be until Wednesday after 1 p.m. of the current week.  Sale deeds can sometimes be brought in by private law offices on the day and time of sale so no prior information would be known until that time.   Changes such as adjournments and cancellations can be made to the list at any time, and for any reason, right up until 10 a.m. on Thursday morning.  To see the current mortgage foreclosure list go to:
 
 
The foreclosure sale conducted by the Sheriff’s Office is NOT an auction where you can purchase a property at a greatly reduced price.  The sale price is set by the mortgage company.  A property that goes to sale, NEVER sells for less than the bid price set by the mortgage company. 

A list of the foreclosed properties will be made available at the time of sale.  If you do not see the property that you are interested in on the list, that means that it has been adjourned until the next week, or cancelled.  Adjournments are posted weekly in the lobby of the Calhoun County Justice Center  If the sale has been cancelled, it will not reappear on the mortgage foreclosure list the following week. 

Bids on the properties will be accepted for the entire hour.  Any 3rd party bidder will need to bid at least $1 over what the mortgagee’s bid is to be the winning bidder of the property.  At 11 a.m. the sale will be closed and the successful bidder will be allowed one hour to get a certified, or cashier’s check (made out to the mortgagee) in the amount that was bid by them.  The $1 overbid will be accepted in the form of cash.  If the overbid is more than $1, you will be required to get another certified, or cashier’s check in whatever amount that would be, made out to the Calhoun County Treasurer’s Office.  DO NOT include the overage in the check made out to the mortgagee, the overbid amount will be placed in an interest bearing account and will be held there until the redemption period is over.   Any claim to the overage would need to be made to the Calhoun County Treasurer’s Office (269-781-0807).

The successful bidder should expect to receive the sheriff’s deed for YOU to record with the Calhoun County Register of Deeds within 7-10 business days.  You will be required to make your own "Affidavit of Redemption" and to pay the recording fees. 

Remember that successful bidders cannot take ownership, or possess the property until the redemption period has expired, or the property has been certified as abandoned.  There is no warranty attached, or implied.  BUYERS BEWARE-CAREFUL RESEARCH IS REQUIRED!

THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE CANNOT PROVIDE ANY LEGAL ADVICE, INCLUDING ADVICE ON RECORDING ANY DOCUMENTS WITH THE REGISTER OF DEEDS.
 
For more information please call: (269) 969-6424 or via e-mail.
 
Mortgage Foreclosures Evictions
If you have questions about the mortgage foreclosure process please click on the link below:
 
A $300 fee plus $9.73 per 1/4 hour will be added to mortgage foreclosure evictions for the removal of personal property to the curb.
 
Rental Evictions
If you have questions about the rental eviction process please click on the link below:
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/Publications/tenantlandlord.pdf
 
A fee of $9.73 per 1/4 hour will be added for the supervision of the rental evictions. For a fee of $300 we can remove the personal property to the curb.

 

Fee Schedule

Type of Request Fee
Law enforcement & jail records Fees allowed under the Freedom of Information Act.
Notary $5 - permits to purchase
Personal Records Check $2
Civil Process  
Summons & Complaint $26 + mileage
Affidavit & Claim $26 + mileage
Garnishment $23 + mileage
Claim & Delivery $40 + mileage
Order to Show Cause $26 + mileage
Discovery Subpoena $26 + mileage
Notice of Sale on Levy
In order to seize property on mechanics lien
$26 + mileage
Order of Eviction* (see below) $40 + mileage
Civil Subpoena $26 + mileage
Bad Address $10 + mileage
Each Address Verification $10 + mileage
Service by Mail $13 (plus postage)
Postal Verification $10
Adjournments $8
Personal Protection Order $40
Motion to Modify Personal
Protection Order
$40
Hearing for Personal Protection Order (2) $26 + mileage
Execution $40 + mileage
Mileage .8100 (Round trip)

 

* Mortgage Foreclosures Evictions: A $300 fee plus $9.73 per 1/4 hour will be added to mortgage foreclosure evictions for the removal of personal property to the curb.

* Rental Evictions: A fee of $9.73 per 1/4 hour will be added for the supervision of the rental evictions.  For a fee of $300 we can remove the personal property to the curb.

 
 
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