The County Clerk is part of the executive branch of government, independent of the judiciary, elected to represent the public as the administrative and financial officer of the Superior Court. The office is a highly technical one, whose goal is to protect the integrity and accuracy of the Superior Court records, and preserve for the public expeditious access to a fair, accurate, and independently established record of opinions, decisions, and judgments of the court.
Types of Court Actions Processed
The Clerk has many specific and special responsibilities assigned by statute and court rules. Court actions processed by the Clerk include proceedings of the following types:
Mental (civil commitment)
By statute the clerk represents the public in all court proceedings by appointing deputy court clerks to take accurate and complete minutes, administer oaths, manage exhibits, and draw and maintain jury panels.
The Clerk’s office serves in the center of court activity dealing with a large volume of daily contact with the public, businesses, attorneys, and judges. Accuracy and efficiency are synonymous with office responsibilities to avoid liability to the county. Examples include:
Complete records management functions in area of court files, court reporter notes, audio and video tapes, depositions, exhibits, and bench notes
Docketing and calendaring functions
Entry of judgments
Issuance of writs and warrants
Management and maintenance of clerks and court information network
Management of highly confidential court records and information
Statistics of court activities
Summon citizens for jury service
The Clerk is also responsible for the financial management and accounting of all monies paid into and out of court from collections, child support, crime victims restitution, fines, fees, and investments.