2015 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 12. Civil Procedure
§12-811. Action for officer's neglect or refusal - Notice.
A. If any sheriff or other officer shall refuse or neglect to execute any writ of execution to him directed, which has come to his hands, or shall neglect or refuse to sell any goods and chattels, lands and tenements; or shall neglect to call an inquest and return a copy thereof forthwith, to the clerk's office, or shall neglect to return any writ of execution to the proper court on or before the return day thereof, or shall neglect to return a just and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels by him taken in execution, unless the said sheriff or other officer shall return that he has levied and made the amount of the debt, damages and costs; or shall refuse or neglect, on demand, to pay over to the plaintiff, his agent or attorney of record, all monies by him collected or received for the use of said party at any time after collecting or receiving the same, except as provided in Section 765 of this title, or shall neglect or refuse, on demand made by the defendant, his agent or attorney of record, to pay over all monies by him received for any sale made, beyond what is sufficient to satisfy the writ or writs of execution, with interest and legal costs, the party aggrieved by the alleged neglect or refusal may file an action in district court to recover damages sustained.
B. Before an aggrieved party shall proceed in an action pursuant to this section, the party shall serve written notice upon the sheriff, detailing the alleged act or acts of negligence or refusal to act. Said notice shall be served personally upon the sheriff at least twenty (20) days before a petition is filed in district court. The sheriff or other officer shall have twenty (20) days from receipt of notice to perform the act which is the basis for the alleged neglect or refusal to act or to respond as to reason for failure to do so. If the sheriff performs the act required within the twenty-day period no action for damages shall be authorized.
Notice also shall be served upon the surety from whom the bond, required by Section 167 of Title 19 of the Oklahoma Statutes, was purchased. Proof of service of notice required by this subsection shall be attached to the petition filed by the aggrieved party.
R.L. 1910, § 5180. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 185, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.
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