A new law will streamline the eviction process in California by requiring sheriffs and marshals to accept digital signatures on certain court documents needed to perform a lockout.

Under existing law, to enforce a writ of possession and complete an eviction, a sheriff’s or marshal’s office must obtain an original writ of possession with a wet signature (pen on paper) from the judge or clerk. The levying officer must also obtain a completed request to enforce the writ of possession bearing an actual signature from the landlord or their attorney. 

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