Circuit Court Clerk

About the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office

The Circuit Court Clerk is charged with more than 800 statutory responsibilities that fall into one of the following three areas:

  1. Judicial
  2. Non-judicial
  3. Fiscal

Judicial

Act as Custodian of Court’s records

  • Manages filings, pleadings and other case records lodged with the Court and Clerk’s Office.
  • Ensures members of the judiciary are provided case-related information needed to conduct court proceedings.
  • Criminal cases
    • provides assistance to
      • law enforcement
      • corrections officials
      • prosecutors
      • defense counsel
      • defendants
      • general public
    • issue arrest documents/legal process to be served on
      • defendants
      • witnesses
  • Lends overall judicial support by
    • maintaining and disposing of civil and criminal evidence
    • receipting criminal fines and court costs
    • collecting and disbursing restitution on behalf of crime victims
    • investing and distributing monies on behalf of civil litigants or third-party beneficiaries
    • Providing statistical data, case-related information and court documents to
      • state, local and federal agencies
      • citizens
      • attorneys
      • litigants
      • media

Inquiries concerning existing policies, procedures and records access should be directed to the Clerk's Office, which serves as the clearinghouse for court rulings and general case information.