Clerk of the Circuit Court

The Clerk of Circuit Court is elected by Franklin County citizens every eight years.


The Clerk of the Circuit Court is responsible for:

  • Docketing of judgments
  • Filing of financial statements under the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Recording on the Land Record Books:
    • Deeds
    • Deed of Trust
    • Mechanics Liens
    • Plats
    • Other Miscellaneous Instruments

The Clerk files and processes all lawsuits, including:

  • Adoption proceedings
  • Appeals from General District Court
  • Divorces
  • Injunctions
  • Land partitions
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Name changes

Duties also include:

  • Appointing administrators, trustees, and guardians
  • Collecting fines, costs and restitution for Circuit Court
  • Issuance of marriage license
  • Preparing and maintaining criminal files and orders
  • Probating wills
  • Processing indictments for both felony and misdemeanor cases

Open Records

All records of this office are open to the public with the exception of sealed juvenile and adoption records.

FOIA Requests

Please view our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Policy for more information on how to lodge a FOIA Request.


Please view our Payment Agreement Policy for more information on payment of a fine and/or court costs.