Civil Division

Our office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you can reach us at 263-8417, extension 3046. The Civil Division is comprised of a supervisor, one civil deputy, and one civil clerk. We serve papers generated from the Courts and also for private parties. Our fee to serve most papers is $25.00, plus an additional $25.00 return fee, and a $.40 per mile fee over 25 miles from the Sheriff’s Office. A fee schedule is posted in our lobby and can be viewed by clicking here: BCSO Fees for Service 2018_0227.

We work closely with the Bonner County Treasurer’s office and can collect your unpaid personal property taxes due to Bonner County.

Q: What types of cases are civil cases?

A:    There are many type of civil cases.  The more common cases are: divorce, child support, custody and visitation and division of the marital property.  Contracts – disputes over an agreement usually for the payment of money for services or goods.  Personal injury – actions to recover damages (money) for injuries sustained due to someone else’s fault.  There are also Notices, Orders, and Summons & Complaints.

Q: What types of cases are served by the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office?

A:    The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office does not typically serve divorce, small claims or civil subpoena notices.  Residents must first attempt to have service completed utilizing a private process server.  A list of private process servers is available by clicking here: Private Process Servers in BC 2017_0926

Q: What does it cost to file a case?

A:    Court costs vary depending upon which division you file the action in.  You can contact the Clerk of the Court’s Office at (208) 265-1432 for the current cost of court fees.  You may have to pay additional fees besides court costs.  These include service fees that are paid to the Sheriff. Our fee to serve most papers is $25.00, plus an additional $25.00 return fee, and a $.40 per mile fee over 25 miles from the Sheriff’s Office.