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Clerk's Office
Clerk: Debra Berry
Debra Berry
Located in the northwest corner
on the second floor of the Wayne County Courthouse

Open Monday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Open Tuesday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
E-Mail:
Clerk of Court Email Address
Phone: (765) 973-9220
FAX: (765) 973-9490


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The Clerks office is also known as the Clerk of Courts. This office handles a number of administrative duties for the county courts, state and federal government. This includes collecting payments for the county courts and record keeping. Processing request for marriage licenses and divorces. The handling of passports. The clerk also conducts all elections within the county.

Access To Records

One of our most common inquiries via E-Mail is for records used for genealogical research. We are working to get some of these records online, but you will have to work directly with the offices involved or a local research agent until all records are available. Please note that most of our offices do not have the resources to do research on your behalf.

23,604 marriage records have been entered so far, covering the period from March 1811 to December 1903.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CLERK

The Clerk administers the official court records for all court cases with jurisdiction in that county.

* Criminal cases include felonies, misdemeanors, miscellaneous criminal.
* Traffic cases are comprised of infractions, local ordinance violations and exempted ordinance violations.

* Civil cases include torts, civil plenary cases, protective orders, miscellaneous civil, reciprocal support, small claims, domestic relations, mental health, adoption, supervised and unsupervised estates, guardianships, trusts, children in need of services (CHINS), juvenile delinquency, juvenile status, juvenile miscellaneous and juvenile paternity.

The Clerk prepares the Court's permanent historical records:

* The Record of Judgments and Orders serves as the historical record of the court's verbatim orders.

* The Judgment Docket is used by abstract companies to show liens against real estate, and information is also recorded by credit companies to provide assistance to those who lend money to individuals and entities.

* The Chronological Case Summary serves as the sequential record of the judicial events in a case.

* Indexes are vital records for locating cases and conducting criminal or civil record searches concerning individuals or entities.

The Clerk is generally responsible to:

* Perform marriage ceremonies; process marriage applications and issue marriage licenses.

* Prepare notary certifications, register bail agents, and process applications for license for distress sale, passports, hunting and fishing licenses.

* Record certified breathalyzer operators, judgments including State income and unemployment tax warrants, bonds of numerous public officials, and other miscellaneous records.

The Clerk processes and issues documents for court cases:

* Civil documents include summons, subpoenas, garnishment orders, proceedings supplemental, writs of execution or attachment, orders of sale, body attachments, protective orders, notice of claim, contempt citations, orders to appear, SR 33.

* Criminal documents include arrest warrants; jailer's releases; commitments to jail and correctional facilities; change, release and forfeiture of bond forms; bondsman ordered to produce notification; and transport orders.

* Probate documents include publications for newspapers regarding the opening and closing of estates, notification of heirs, wills, inventories, inheritance tax orders and final reports.

* Juror names are drawn, and notices are generated for prospective jurors and those assigned to panels.

* Record of Proceedings for appeal to the Appellate and Supreme Courts are prepared and/or approved.

The Clerk collects, distributes and reconciles monies related to court cases and is subject to regular audits by State Board of Accounts. Reports are filed with appropriate agencies including the Auditor, Treasurer, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana State Child Support Division, State Treasurer, etc.

* Court costs, judgment money and many other fees are collected on civil cases.

* The Clerk collects fees and fines for city, county and state, deferral and pre-trial diversion fees, and
extradition and restitution fees for criminal, misdemeanor and infraction cases.

* User fees for special interest groups include:

Conservation Officers Fish and Wildlife Fund
Public Defender Fee
Marijuana Eradication Program Fee
Alcohol and Drug Services Program User Fee
Law Enforcement Continuing Education Fee
Drug Abuse Prosecution Interdiction and Correction Fee
Alcohol Abuse Deterrent Program and/or Medical Fee
Alcohol and Drug Countermeasures Fee
Child Abuse Prevention Fee
Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Fee
Highway Work Zone Fee
Special Death Benefit Fee

* Child Support represents a significant portion of collections mode, and Federal Title IV-D case processing generates incentive monies to counties.

 
Revised 06/06/2014 13:45 Copyright Wayne County Government