Captain Tommy Bradford

Deputy John Price

Deputy Terry Abbott

The Court Services Division, under the leadership of Captain Tommy Bradford, consists of 2 full time Deputies, and 1 full time administrative personnel.


On average, this division serves approximately 800 civil papers and temporary protective orders a year.


Two of our administrative personnel are trained as GCIC Terminal Agency Coordinators, and they perform the duties associated with that designation. Such duties are as follows:


  • Ensure the security, privacy, accuracy and completeness of recorded information.
  • Proper entry, maintenance, and removal of all wanted/missing persons and property records.
  • Ensure the accuracy, timeliness, and completeness of all records maintained by personnel of the Dade County Sheriff’s Office are successfully executed by GCIC Counsel Rules and Guidelines.
  • Ensure that only authorized personnel utilize the CJIS Terminal.
  • Ensure that all inquiries of GCIC files are processed and maintained in accordance with state and federal laws, regulations of GCIC/NCIC rules, and departmental policies.
  • Enter, modify, clear, cancel, and validate all wanted and missing person files and/or property files.
  • Ensure that proper procedures on handling a missing juvenile are followed correctly.
  • Maintain a log of all transaction for the criminal histories and III files.



Court Services Frequently Asked Questions


  • I have civil papers that need to be served in Dade County. Where do I send them?


All civil papers to be served, along with the proper service fee amount, should be sent to:


Dade County Sheriff’s Office

Attn: Civil Process

C/O Howard Doyle

PO. Box 920

75 Case Avenue

Trenton, GA  30752


  • How much are the service fees to have a civil papers served?


The fees set by Georgia state law, are as follows:

Serving copy of process and returning original. (per copy) - $50.00

Serving process against tenant, or intruder upon land to dispossess - $25.00

For dispossessing tenant or intruder. - $25.00


  • I want to go and get my property. What do I do?


As a general rule, we can only do what we are ordered to do by any GEORGIA COURT.

(Family Violence orders are an exception to the rule, since they can be enforced and served throughout the U.S.)


  • I have a court order to get my child, and I need your help!


As a general rule we can only do what we are ordered to do by any GEORGIA COURT. If the court has entered an order, and the other party is failing to comply, you should consult with a private attorney about the possibility of filing a contempt of court action.

(Family Violence orders are an exception to the rule, since they can be enforced and served throughout the U.S.)


  • “Dispossessory Proceeding”


Once we receive a Dispossessory Proceeding from the court ,we make every attempt to promptly serve the Dispossessory. Your address for service must be correct, since this address will be used when, and if, the Magistrate Court issues a "Writ of Possession" to Evict. The deputy serving the dispossessory, will enter a last date to answer on the Dispossessory, and the service sheet. A copy of that service sheet will be mailed to you by U.S. Mail.


  • “Eviction (Writ of Possession)”


Evictions (Writs of Possession) are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. You can contact Civil Process at 706-657-4113 to schedule the eviction. A fee of $25.00 will be billed to you for the eviction [this fee is set by state law, O.C.G.A. .15-16-21(b.)(12)]. We schedule evictions to be completed in two (2) hours. Please schedule enough help to keep everything within that time limit. Deputies do not assist in the physical removal of property.





*The answers to these questions are for information only and are not meant to take the place of legal advice from an attorney*