Civil Process

We are located at: 

1305 Locust, 2nd Floor 
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone Number: 816-881-3644
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.


2021 Delinquent Land Tax Sale for Independence and Kansas City

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the August 2020 DLT sale was cancelled last year and those properties along with this year’s properties will be sold at public auction. Due to a larger number of properties for sale, it is anticipated that the DLT sale will last a few days longer than normal. The scheduled dates for the DLT sale are as follows:

Independence Courthouse, 308 W. Kansas Ave., Independence, MO: 

Monday (August 9 – Saturday 14, 2021)

Kansas City Courthouse, 415 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO:

Monday (August 16 – Wednesday 25, 2021)

Note: there will be no sale held on Sunday (August 22, 2021) and the DLT auction will continue on Monday (August 23, 2021) through Wednesday (August 25, 2021), as needed.

Important notice regarding acceptance of Bidder Registration Applications and Bidder Deposits:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are no longer accepting in person visitors, please follow instructions listed below:

Bidder Registration Applications:

Please make sure to write legibly, if we cannot read your information, we will attempt to contact you via phone or email; however, if we can't reach you or you don’t reply, your application will not be accepted.

Bidder Deposits: (NO CASH, Money Orders or Cashier’s Check made out to “Jackson County Court Administrator” only):

  • US Mail, Civil Process Department, 1305 Locust, 2nd floor, Kansas City, MO 64106
  • Civil Process Drop Box (please follow this link Drop Box Procedures) located at 1315 Locust, Kansas City MO, 64106.

Once you have received your bidder card with a registration number, you have the option of depositing money to your account. Due to COVID-19 we are only accepting Cashiers Checks or Money Orders made out to "Jackson County Court Administrator", no cash. If you would like to go with this option you will need to send in your deposit via the mail or the drop box, at the above mentioned locations.

NOTE: Please include a copy of your Bidder Registration Application with the Bidder number, so we can ensure that we deposit the monies to the right account and can forward a copy of the receipt to your email or address.

For questions about the Delinquent Land Tax sale, please email:

COVID-19 Updates


Effective 3/29/2021 the Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, extended the order "Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions To Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19". In response the Court issued Administrative Order 2021-045 outlining the requirements for issuance of a Writ of Execution Restitution of Possession, which will be in place until June 30, 2021, unless modified by any subsequent Administrative Order. A "Verification" form will need to be filed with the Writ of Execution and a copy of the document can be found on the link below. Administrative Order 2021-045, along with a copy of the CDC order for further information.

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 COVID-19 pandemic we have made some changes in how you may contact our department. We are still accepting papers for service. 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. We are no longer accepting paper in person, but rather by:
  • US Mail, Civil Process Department. 1305 Locust, 2nd floor, Kansas City, MO 64106
  • Civil Process Drop Box (please follow this link Drop Box Procedures) located at 1315 Locust, Kansas City MO 64106
The 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 .
Questions about Private Process Servers:
The Department of Civil Process is not connected to or involved with Private Process Servers. Our department 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                                                               Richard Kessler
Phone: 816-881-3696                                               Phone: 816-881-3936
Email:                          Email:
Manager, Civil Process                                          Supervisor, Clerical Staff
Barry Harris                                                               Jennifer Hodge
Phone: 816-881-1372                                               Phone: 816-881-3935
Email:                         Email:
Administrative Assistant II                                    Supervisor, Process Servers
Victoria Gaughan                                                      Phillip "Kyle" McAfee
Phone: 816-881-3696                                               Phone number: 816-881-3093
Email:                 Email: