Clerk: Jo Ann Stewart
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
Phone: (765) 973-9220
FAX: (765) 973-9490
23,604 marriage records have been entered so far, covering the
period from March 1811 to December 1903.
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.
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,
* Traffic cases are comprised of infractions,
local ordinance violations and exempted ordinance
* 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
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.