Responsibilities of the Clerk of Circuit Courts
Custodian of the Record
Record keeping for the courts is governed by state statute and Wisconsin Supreme Court rule. These rules require that the Clerk maintain records of all documents filed with the courts, keep a record of court proceedings and collect various fees, fines and forfeitures. The Clerk of Circuit Court also must establish and promote procedures for reasonable access to court records as well as maintain the confidentiality of records as set forth by statute and court order.
Automation in the courts has made the process of selecting and notifying potential jurors much more efficient and has improved record keeping for jury management. The Clerk works with the director of state courts and the Legislature to continue to improve jury management. Wisconsin citizens are obligated for no more than one month of jury service in a four-year period.
Millions of dollars in fees, fines and forfeitures are paid through the Clerk’s offices annually. The Clerk of Circuit Court works to meet this fiscal responsibility with accurate, efficient and effective accounting practices. Financial software, designed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, assists the Clerk in efficiently handling this money.
The Clerk of Circuit Court is at the center of an enormous variety of activities and works daily with many different people. Law enforcement, the legal community, local, state and federal agencies, businesses and the general public depend upon the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court to solve a wide range of problems. The Clerk provides an administrative link between the judiciary, the county board and the public; the clerk also works closely with other court staff to ensure that the courts run smoothly and efficiently.