Civil Papers

Civil Papers

The Civil Division is responsible for receiving, processing and serving civil and criminal court orders and legal documents. Scott County Sheriff’s Office deputies are responsible for service of papers for this division.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office is mandated by the Code of Iowa to charge a fee for services of civil documents. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office can refuse to serve most civil documents without the payment of advance service fees.

An advanced deposit is required for service. Personal and business checks, as well as cash and money orders, are acceptable methods of payment.

The type of paper served and the location of service determines the amount of service fees required.

Pursuant to the Iowa Court Rules, after serving a document with a court case number, the Return of Service will be sent to the appropriate Clerk of Court. Duplicate copies of the Return of Service may be obtained by providing a self addressed stamped envelope. If no court case number is indicated, the Return of Service will be sent to the person or firm who requested the service.

Before the Scott County Sheriff’s Office will serve any civil process paperwork, Directions to the Sheriff and the required advance fees must be received along with the documents to be served. A printable copy of the Directions to the Sheriff is available at:

Steps for Obtaining Service of Papers

  • The direction to the Sheriff form must accompany paperwork, directing the sheriff to whom and where to serve the civil paper. Civil papers require a $30 advanced deposit fee for service. Additional defendants or cases may require additional fees. If the fees incurred exceed your advance deposit fee, you will be billed for the difference. Our billing will be sent the month following service.
  • Along with the letter of direction and a $30 advance fee, the Sheriff’s Office requires 2 copies of the paperwork to be served. We will serve one copy to the defendant and return the other copy to the appropriate Clerk of Court with a Scott County Return of Service or Diligent Search (unable to serve).

Steps for Filing an Execution (Garnishment, Levy or Cash Demand)

  • Win a judgment against the defendant
  • File for the execution with the Clerk of Court (Filing fees apply with Clerk of Court)

Bring Letter of Dictation and $45 advance fee to Sheriff’s Office. Go to:

Garnishment of Wages

  • You will need the defendant's full name, address, social security number and/or date of birth
  • You will need the defendant's attorney's name and address if applicable
  • You will need to provide the name of the employer and address (Defendant must work in Scott County or for the Rock Island Arsenal)

Levy of a Bank Account

  • You will need the defendant's full name, address, social security number and/or date of birth
  • You will need the defendant's attorney's name and address if applicable
  • You will need to provide the name and address of the bank or credit union and you must have either the account number or social security number of the defendant
  • If the social security number or account number are unknown the financial institution will return the paperwork based on lack of an identifier

Cash demand

  • Provide the defendant’s name and address

Executions are valid for 120 days from the date of issuance from the Clerk of Court. Garnishments are in effect from the date of service until the judgment is satisfied, the maximum amount allowed by law is collected, the execution expires or the execution is stopped by the court or by the creditor in writing.

An execution will be returned to the Clerk of Court when the execution expires (120 days) or the full amount of the judgment is received. After the execution is closed in the Sheriff’s Office, all funds will be sent to the Clerk of Court to be docketed through the court system. If the garnishment is successful your $45 advance fee will be returned to you by check from the Sheriff’s Office. The balance of the funds collected will be sent to you from the Clerk of Court. If the full amount of the judgment is not collected during this time frame, the execution can be re-filed with the Clerk of Court for the balance.

News & Notices

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Posted: January 17, 2017
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Posted: January 13, 2017
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