Attorney’s Office

Frequently Asked Questions (General Information)

  • Where is the Polk County Courthouse Located?

    5th & Mulberry, Des Moines, Iowa

    (515) 286-3845

  • Is there parking available at the Polk County Courthouse?

    Parking is available at your expense at meters on the street or in various parking ramps. The closest parking ramps are: 422 Walnut, 210 2nd Ave., and 4th and Grand. Parking can be difficult. Come to Court early to find a parking spot.

  • If I'm the victim or witness to a crime, what do I do?

    Call the police department for the jurisdiction where the crime happened. Provide them with truthful information and be ready to testify to the events in court.

  • How do I file a complaint against a police officer?

    If the complaint is regarding a City of Des Moines police officer, contact the Des Moines Police Department's Inspectional Services Bureau, Office of Internal Affairs at (515) 283-4816. For any other police officer, contact the local police department.

  • How do I do a criminal history check on someone before I hire them?

    Contact the Department of Criminal Investigations at (515) 725-6066.

  • I want to work in the Polk County Attorney’s Office. Who do I talk to?

    Contact the Polk County Human Resource Department.

    Click here for the Human Resources Department.

  • I want to file a lawsuit. What should I do?

    The county attorney is unable to represent individuals in civil lawsuits. You should contact a private attorney to assist you in this matter. Many private attorneys are listed on the Iowa State Bar Association Find-A-Lawyer website. You may also find representation through Iowa Legal Aid, the Drake Legal Clinic, or the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer's Project.

Contact Us

Polk County Attorney's Office
Polk County Justice Center
222 Fifth Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 286-3737
Fax: (515) 286-3428