Who Is The Sheriff
The Sheriff is an impartial and independent official of the court, appointed by the minister of justice and constitutional develepment.
What Does The Sheriff Do
The Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff must serve or execute all documents issued by our courts. These include summonses, notices, warrants and court orders.
Who Regulates the Sheriff's Actions
The South African Board for Sheriffs monitors the service of Sheriffs and their Deputies, ensuring it is exacted in a humane manner in terms of the Code of Conduct for Sheriffs. Sheriffs operate independently from each other - in fact, they are private business people.
What Type of Cases Involve the Sheriff
The role of the Sheriff is required when there are civil judgments against people who have failed to pay their accounts, their rent or municipal services and maintenance. They also serve documents in divorce and family violence matters.
Where Does The Sheriff Work?
Sheriffs are appointed to act within a specific magisterial district or an area within a district.
How Do You Know if the Person Knocking On Your Door is Really a Sheriff?
All Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs must carry a valid Identification Card issued by the South African Board for Sheriffs while on duty and must be able to produce it on request.
What Must You Do When The Sheriff Comes to Your Home or Work
Do not hide.
Trust the Sheriff as a representative of the court.
Ask for proof of identification.
Listen carefully to the Sheriff's instructions.
Be sure you understand what you must do next.
In some cases you'll have five days to act, don't delay.
In some cases you can meet the requirements of the order immediately to stop all further proceedings.
Do not give false or misleading information.
Remember, the Sheriff acts under orders from the Court.
If you do not follow the instructions you may be liable for prosecution and further costs.