What is AB 2791?

AB2791 is a bill that would require a marshal or sheriff to accept electronically signed notices or court documents granted by courts in a civil action, such as an eviction. The bill takes effect January 1st, 2024.

AB 2791 also sets forth new litigation where a marshal or sheriff is prohibited from reviewing the contents of a notice or other documents if the following criteria are met:

  • There is a case number on the writ, notice or other documents.
  • There is a name, description and address of the person to be served.
  • The notice or order has the signature of the judge and court endorsement/seal.
  • There is a completed statewide form present.

This bill also directs the Judicial Council to introduce a new statewide form which will be used in civil proceedings to request for the services of the marshal or sheriff. This new statewide form should be ready by January 1st, 2024.

Currently, most counties in California require these notices or orders to bear a wet signature. The idea behind AB 2791 is to provide wider and easier access to these services provided by the sheriff and marshal offices. Low income, rural litigants and landlords should benefit greatly from AB 2791.