Court clerks have many functions

By Mary O. Esparza -

April is County Government month, and the Jackson County Court Clerks office plays a vital role in managing our local judicial system.

The Court Clerk has the primary responsibility to record, file, and maintain permanent records of the proceedings of the District Court . They collect fines, fees, and forfeitures and distribute the collected monies as provided by law to the appropriate agencies.

The court clerk’s office has records dating back to 1907, when Oklahoma became a state. The office was computerized in July, 1997 and all records since that time are on computer. All records prior to that date were kept in written form in docket books.

“Since April 14, 2016 anyone can go online to OSCN and view all court documents, except for closed cases and I never thought I’d see that happen,” said Court Clerk Rhonda Stepanovich, who took office in 2007.

There are numerous types of cases filed with the Court Clerk’s Office which include, civil, small claims, family domestic, protective orders, probate guardianship, juvenile, adoption, mental health, felony, misdemeanor, traffic, search warrant, licenses and passport acceptance agent.

The Court Clerks office is located on the second floor of the Jackson County Courthouse, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during the lunch hour.

By Mary O. Esparza

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

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