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Q&A with the Board For Sheriffs
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 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.
What right does the Sheriff have?
When executing duties with a legal court order the Sheriff can: Enter your premises, even when you're not there, open any door, vehicle of piece of furniture on your premises. Attach, remove and sell your vehicle, furniture and movable or immovable property.
What rights do you have?
The Sheriff must treat you with dignity at all times. The Sheriff must explain the contents of the document and what you need to do next.
The Sheriff may not attach and remove necessary items such as food and beds, beddings and clothes
There are also limitations on other things, such as tools of trade you may need to carry out your work, that may not be attached.
What area does the Sheriff cover?
Sheriffs are appointed to act within a specific magisterial district or an area within a district.
What type of cases involve the Sheriff?
The role of the Sheriff is required when there are civil judgements 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