The Who & What on our Constable

CourthouseA friend of mine recently asked me if I knew how to have someone served with a subpoena and I had to admit that I didn’t…something I hate to do. Solution: Google it!

Seems that in Nevada, any person who is over the age of 18 and not one of the involved parties can serve someone…but that comes with some obvious risks ranging from bodily injury to the recipient simply denying that they were served. Why couldn’t they, right?

Further digging uncovered that we have a Constable to do these fun things for us and a judge is surely going to believe him when he says he served the papers, that’s for sure. So I wanted to know who he was, what he can do for us and frankly, how much it costs.

I found out that we elected our “Constable of Boulder Township” about this time last year…his name is Steve Hampe and although he’s not a BC Social Fan (um, yet) — Fan Randi Steilen clerks in his office and she hooked me up with the info I wanted and a photo. Here is what she sent for us:

Constable Steve HampeThe Constable is an elected position that serves a four year term and is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the state of Nevada.

Empowered with the authority of a peace officer by state law, the Constable serves a vital role in the legal process by executing the orders of the court in civil and criminal matters, small claims, evictions, as well as providing a variety of legal functions. Some of the services provided are:

  • Notices
  • Evictions
  • Small Claims
  • Summons/Complaints
  • Subpoenas
  • Bank Account/Wage Garnishments
  • Family Court Documents
  • Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Civil Stand By
  • Other processes for which a suit is commenced in civil cases

There are no tax dollars used to have the Constable’s Office serve the papers. We are funded by the person requesting the service.

So, you know me…now I was busy wondering how much all these things cost. Check it out…the Constable’s services are based on a fee schedule set by the State of Nevada and they’re crazy low!

NRS 258.125 (which you can find by clicking here) outlines the fee schedule…but by way of example, it costs $17 for the Constable to serve a summons or other process in a civil case. It’s $15 to serve a subpoena for each witness. $26 is all is will cost you to have him serve someone with an eviction notice.

The Boulder Township Constable’s Office covers all of Boulder Township – which is approximately 202 square miles. They’ll serve anywhere within Clark County – day or night…whatever it takes to get the person served. And apparently, they even make sure that all of the paperwork is in order so you don’t get it bounced out when you get to court. Nice.

They are moving into the renovated courthouse at the end of October — so their address will be 501 Avenue G. Papers to be served have to be brought to them during regular office hours, which are 7:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday and you can reach them at (702) 455-8000.

And there you have it…all you ever wanted to know about what the Constable of Boulder Township does!

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