About the Clerk
A MESSAGE FROM DEBRA
As the Clerk of the Wayne County Courts, I and my staff are dedicated to delivering the highest level of service to the residents of Wayne County. We are committed to providing friendly, honest, and efficient quality service on a consistent basis to all persons that are served by this office. It is my privilege to serve as your Clerk. And, it is my goal to make the information on these pages helpful to the citizens of Wayne County and all those who interact with this office.
Our mission is to be a government office that serves the citizens of Wayne County in an efficient, honest and dedicated manner.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CLERK
The Clerk administers the official court records for all trial court cases, prepares the permanent historical record of the courts, and processes and issues various documents for court cases. The Clerk collects filing fees, court costs, judgments in civil and infraction cases, fines for courts, and child support.
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 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.
As a member of the Election Board, the Clerk oversees, conducts and certifies the results for all federal, state, county, municipal, township and special elections.
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:
- Process marriage applications and issue marriage licenses.
- Prepare notary certifications, register bail agents, passports.
- 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:
- 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.