Civil Process

We are located at: 

1305 Locust, 2nd Floor 
Kansas City, MO 64106
In the 16th Judicial Circuit, the Department of Civil Process performs the same duties as a Sheriff’s Civil Division in other Missouri counties. The authority to perform those duties is granted under the Jackson County Home Rule Charter which was approved by a majority of qualified electors on November 3, 1970 and became effective January 1, 1973.
Those duties include:
  • Serve circuit, associate circuit, probate and criminal summons, notices, protection orders and subpoenas.
  • Execute pre and post judgment orders and writs i.e. order of delivery (replevins), writ of attachment, restitution (eviction), levy by actual seizure of personal and real property, and levy by garnishment.
  • Conduct the annual Court Administrator’s Delinquent Land Tax (DLT) sale in Kansas City and Independence. All documents regarding the sale are maintained in the Department.


Important Cancellation Notice: Delinquent Land Tax for Independence and Kansas City scheduled for August 2020 has been cancelled.  

In an abundance of caution and to comply with on-going recommendations and regulations requiring social distancing, limitation of crowd size, and other safeguards related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been determined that with the number of participants who normally attend the public auction that it could not be conducted in a manner to provide a safe environment for the public or our staff. 

Please see the links to the Court Order's delaying the Independence and Kansas City Delinquent Land Tax Sale for 2020.  If these properties are still available they will be sold at auction at a date to be determined in the future.

Links for the Independence and Kansas City Delay Orders.


New methods to contact the Civil Process Department as a result of COVID-19
The Civil Process Department is still open; however, due to the stay at home orders as a result of the Corona virus we have made some changes in how you may contact our department. We are still accepting papers for service and delinquent land tax bidder registrations. Because we are trying to prevent the spread of this virus and practicing the social distancing guidelines, we are limiting our contact with members of the public. At this point and time we are no longer accepting paper in person, but rather by a drop box located at the Albert Riederer Community Justice Building (1315 Locust) inside the front glass doors. Documents will be retrieved multiple times a day, between the hours of 8am and 5PM. For the full information on this new procedure, please follow this link Drop Box Procedures
For questions about Civil Process, please email and for questions about the delinquent land tax, please email .
The Department of Civil Process is not connected to or involved with Private Process Servers. It does not supervise nor bear any responsibility for Private Process Servers.
For question about Private Process Servers please contact the Civil Records Department at 816-881-3926.
If you wish to express any concerns regarding Civil Process, please contact:
Director                                                                    Assistant Director
Jack Foster                                                               Christopher Edin
Phone: 816-881-3696                                               Phone: 816-881-3936
Email:                          Email:
Manager, Civil Process
Deputies and Process Servers                              Supervisor, Clerical Staff
Barry Harris                                                               Jennifer Hodge
Phone: 816-881-1372                                               Phone: 816-881-3935
Email:                         Email:
Administrative Assistant II
Victoria Gaughan
Phone: 816-881-3696