Court Services

Clerk of Court

Provides administrative support, maintaining court records and information of the judicial system for Common Pleas, Family Court, and General Sessions.

  • Common Pleas Court is where all civil actions are filed. Filing and maintaining civil files include automobile accidents, defective products, personal injury and appeals from lower court. There are two types of Common Pleas cases; Jury and Non-Jury.
  • Family Court has jurisdiction in matters such as child support, alimony, domestic abuse, divorces, interstate custody cases, URESA (Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act), visitations, separate maintenance, custody, name change, annulment, paternity, equitable distribution, legal guardianship, support modification and termination of support.
  • General Sessions Court hears criminal cases. The principal particies in these cases are the solicitor, who represents the state, and the defendant's attorney.
  • Register of Deeds Office is responsible for recording all documents that concern land transactions. Some of these include Deeds or Titles, Mortgages, Satisfactions, Plats or Surveys, Agreements, Charters and Mergers. State and federal tax liens and Mechanic’s liens are also recorded in this office.
  • Juror Information gives general information about jury selection, serving, and compensation.

    Magistrate Court

    The Magistrate Court has jurisdiction over all criminal and traffic offenses where punishments do not exceed fines of $500 plus assessments and court costs or imprisonment of 30 days or both. Magistrate Courts have jurisidiction in civil matters involving claims that are $7,500 or less. IN addition, the Magistrate conducts bonding court twice a day.

    Probate Court

    Provides services including probating estates, resolving disputes in estates and trusts, handling involuntary commitments for alcohol/drug abuse and/or mental illness, obtaining marriage licenses, appointing and supervising guardians and conservators and approving minor and wrongful death settlements.