The Sheriff and his Assistants are officers of the Court and serve as the functionary arm of the court. The office of the sheriff is established in terms of section 55(1)(b) of the High Court Act. The main functions of the office of the sheriff is to serve court processes such as summons, notices of set down, court applications and any other court related documents from the superior courts.
The sheriff is also responsible for the execution of court orders from superior courts and in doing so the sheriff does attachments of movable and immovable properties, evictions, deliveries, civil imprisonments, demolitions etc.
The Head of Sheriff Services who is based at High Court Harare is the Administrator of the Sheriff's Department. Below him is the Sheriff followed by the Deputy Sheriff. The office of the Sheriff is established in all the 10 provinces of the country and the provincial stations are manned by Senior Additional Sheriffs.

The fees for service charged by the office of the Sheriff are governed by statutory Instrument 198 of 2019

Monday to Friday__________6am to 10pm
Saturdays_______________10 am to 1pm
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1) What does the Sheriff require to attend to an execution in the recovery of money or an eviction?
A: To attend to execution the sheriff requires the following:
-A letter of Instruction detailing the action the Sheriff should take and the specific address where execution should be undertaken
-A Valid Court Order
-A writ of Execution duly signed by the Registrar of the High Court
-A bond of Indemnity. This will indemnify the sheriff from any damages or lawsuits that may arise as a result of the execution.
- Requisite fees for the process to be undertaken.
2) What is execution of a Court Order?
A: Execution is a process whereby the Sheriff enforces a Court judgment in favour of a plaintiff/applicant against a defendant/ respondent. In instances where the court judgment is sound in money the Sheriff will attach and sell property through public auction to satisfy the judgment debt.
3) Who pays for the execution costs?
A. The party who instructs the Sheriff is the one responsible for paying of execution fees which are normally recovered after sell of attached good in cases where the execution is sound in money.
4) How do identify the officers of the Sheriff?
A. Officers of the Sheriff carry with them Identification cards which they produce before proceeding with any execution.
5) What are the hours of service of process?
The Sheriff works between 6am -10pm from Monday Friday
On Saturdays the Sheriff works between 6am-1pm
The Sheriff does not work on Sundays and on public holidays.
6) What is the difference between the Messengers of Court and the Sheriff's office?
The Sheriff executes orders and serves process from Superior Courts whilst The Messenger of court attends to execution and processes from The Magistrates Court.
7) How does one contact the Office of the Sheriff when one has a complaint?
The Sheriff's department is head by the Head of Sheriff Services and he attends to all the complaints and he is situated at the High Court in Harare. His contact details are available on this website under officers.
8) In what instances does the sheriff use locksmiths when entering premises?
Locksmiths are engaged in instances where the judgment debtor or defendant denies the Sheriff access for him to proceed either attachment, removal or eviction. A locksmith can also be engaged where the Sheriff finds a building locked and deserted.
9) What are the duties of The Sheriff?
The Sheriff is an officer of the court who attend to service of court process such as summons, court applications, notices of set down and other court related documents from Superior Courts.
The Sheriff is also responsible for the execution of court orders from the Superior Courts.
10) Where is the Sheriff located?
The Sheriff is located in all the 10 Provinces of the country. The addresses and contact details are found on this website.
11) How does one know when his property has been attached?
Upon attachment of any property the sheriff leaves with the judgment debtor the following copies
a) Court order
b) Writ of execution
c) Notice of seizure

These documents will serve as proof that property has been placed under judicial attachment.

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