A release is a notification to the garnishee stating that they are no longer liable for answering the pending summons. Therefore, the clerk signs a release when the garnishment becomes expired or has been paid in full. A garnishment will expire after 195 days from date of service by the Sheriff’s Department. The defendant may pay in full in cash to the clerk’s office to have a release signed immediately. In addition, a release may be signed if a judge has vacated the judgment.