What does the Circuit Clerk do?
The primary duties of our office revolve around filing, docketing, attending court, issuing of notices, records management, and reporting to the Administrative Office of the Courts.
We file and process all the court documents for Civil, Domestic Relations, Criminal and Juvenile cases. Then we maintain those records and all appeals in our office.
It is our responsibility to prepare a list of prospective jurors, docket cases of the respective courts, issue summonses, subpoenas, writs and warrants related to each case, attend court and swear witnesses.
We are also responsible for recording all deeds, mortgages, and conveyances of lands and buildings lying within the County, as well as maps and plats of newly laid out subdivisions and all records from other counties concerning land sales or conveyance which affect title in the County.
Other duties include the recording of powers of attorney, liens on real property, soldiers' discharges, leases, real estate fixture filing statements, performance bonds and public official bonds. The records of the Circuit Courts are the evidence of their official acts and, therefore, it is necessary that they be accurately recorded and well maintained.
What documents do I file with the Circuit Clerk?
- Deeds of Trust
- Release Deeds
- Powers of Attorney
- Survey Plats
- Notary Bonds
- Foreign Judgments (within the state)
- Lis Pendens
- Materialmen's Liens
- UCCs (must have legal description)
- Any Recordable Instrument