Civil Division

Civil Division is located in the lower level of the Scott County Courthouse at 400 W. 4 th Street, Davenport, Iowa

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday – Friday 8AM to 4:30PM


  • Civil 563-326-8625
  • Garnishments 563-326-8773
  • Sheriff Sales 563-326-8626

 The Scott County Sheriff’s Office cannot give legal advice.

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

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

Bring Letter of Dictation and $75 advance fee to Sheriff’s Office. Go to:

Garnishment of Wages

Levy of a Bank Account

Cash demand

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 $75 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.