Sheriff's Office

Responsibilities and Primary Functions

New Castle County Sheriff Seal
Service of Process
The Office of Sheriff provides service of process for writs issued by the Superior Court, Court of Common Pleas, Court of Chancery, and Family Court along with subpoenas issued by the Department of Justice, Department of Labor, and out-of-state courts.

Auction of Personal / Business Property (Goods And Chattels) Held several times during the month at the property locations. Sales are held offering personal or business property levied upon for personal or business debt.

Out-of-State Writs
For information on papers sent to New Castle County from jurisdictions outside the state of Delaware call 302-395-8464.

***AS OF 5/13/14 - Cash deposits are no longer acceptable for Sheriff sales*** Initial $5,000 deposit must be in the form of Cashiers Check/Certified Funds and balance of the deposit cannot be paid in cash. 

*****NOVEMBER 2014 Sale is WEDNESDAY 11/12/14*************
In observance of Veterans Day our office is closed 11/11/14

Real Estate Auctions are held at 10AM on the second Tuesday of each month in the County Council Chambers on the ground floor of the Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 North French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

Sheriff sales are court ordered actions and as such must be free of distraction. Solicitation of business or services in the Council Chambers is prohibited. Failure to comply with the rules will result in your being asked to leave the premises.

The auctions offer Real Estate that is being foreclosed upon due to nonpayment of mortgage or nonpayment of various local government taxes or judgments.

Real Estate Sheriff Sale Information

 
Bidder Registration
 
Effective June 12, 2012 ALL Bidders must register prior to the start of the New Castle County Sheriff Sale in order to receive a bidder number, you must sign a copy of the Auction Rules acknowledging the receipt of the rules and provide the information required on the Bidder Registration Form which is available at the Auction Site


Excess Proceeds

Lien holders and Homeowners are expected to contact the Office of the Sheriff  to determine whether proceeds remain after the costs of the sale have been distributed. If excess proceeds remain unclaimed after 90 days, they will be distributed to the Prothonotary of NCC for placement in escrow and listing on the Superior Court of New Castle County website.

Search for Owners of Unclaimed Sheriff's Sale Excess Proceeds at Project Rightful Owner 
Superior Court of Delaware (excess proceeds)  www.rightfulowner.delaware.gov

Foreclosure Prevention Help

Starting January 19, 2012, the Attorney General, together with other agencies and organizations, initiated a mandatory mortgage foreclosure mediation program to give homeowner's a voice in the foreclosure process.  FREE HELP is available through this program. 

The Attorney General’s office continues to work hard to bridge the gap of communication and resolutions between the servicers and homeowners who continue to struggle for help with retaining their mortgages.  questions? call

 Mortgage Hotline 1-800-220-5424    

 or click Attorney Generals Office Site:
Foreclosure Mediation Program

Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) for more information and activities on foreclosure help contact
Delaware Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (DEMAP) 
DSHA / DEMAP Link

Delaware State Housing Authority and AG's Office Initiative:
www.delawarehomeownerrelief.com

Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council, Inc. (DCRAC) 
New Castle County  For more information contact DCRAC (www.dcrac.org) or 877-825-0750 x100.

Contact Information

Deputy Line : To contact the deputy who has left a message for service
Phone: (302) 395-8454
Prisoner Information: Capitol Police now handles all persons detained at the Court House. For information on persons detained by Capitol Police call the below listed number.
Phone: (302) 255-0043
General Information: For General Information and to check service results Monday - Friday 8AM to 4PM
Phone: (302) 395-8450
Out of State Writs:For information on papers sent to New Castle County from jurisdictions outside the state of Delaware
Phone: (302) 395-8464
Goods and Chattels:For information on the auction of personal property
Phone: (302) 395-8453
Wage Attachments
For information on the service of documents related to wage attachments
Phone: (302) 395-8466