What Does the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Do?


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The Office of the Clerk of Courts for Hamilton County, Ohio, manages and archives all records of the Court of Common Pleas and the Municipal Court, according to the Clerk of Courts website. The clerk is also responsible for transportation of prisoners, subpoenas, evictions, and courtroom security in Municipal Court. In an average year, the bailiffs that work under the Clerk of Courts serve 15,000 subpoenas and transport about 20,000 prisoners to court. This office employs more than 200 people.

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Other responsibilities of the Hamilton County Office of the Clerk of Courts include managing grand jury reports, administering the oath of office to Notary Publics, issuing Notary Public Commissions, accepting passport applications, and accepting voter registrations. A full list of the Clerk of Courts services and responsibilities is available on its website at CourtClerk.org.

As of 2015, Tracy Winkler is the Clerk of Courts, since being elected in 2011. This position is a four-year term. Her role is to oversee the courts' administration, manage the flow of cases, and direct several departmental divisions. Other responsibilities ascribed to a Clerk of Courts are screening plea deals to ensure they comply with the law, recruiting staff, summoning jurors, and providing information to the press, explains the Federal Judicial Center.

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