The Allen County Clerk of Courts serves
the Common Pleas Court and the Third District Court of Appeals
when Allen County cases are involved. The Clerk is elected
on a party ballot for a four-year term at the same time the
county treasurer, sheriff and prosecuting attorney are selected.
The Clerk administers the oath to juries, endorses the time
of filing on all pleading papers, enters all orders, decrees,
judgments and proceedings of the courts.
The Clerk of Courts
plays a vital role in serving the interests of justice. This
includes filing, docketing, indexing and preserving all court
pleadings for civil, felony criminal and domestic relations
cases. The Clerk of Courts must also follow procedure required
by law and issue writs to carry out Court orders. Some of
these writs include summons, subpoenas, warrants to arrest
and to convey to penal institutions, and signing the death
warrant in capital cases.
In addition to processing all Court paperwork,
the Clerk of Courts must preserve all of these records for
use by future generations.
The Automobile and Watercraft Title Division
of the Clerk of Courts of Common Pleas is linked throughout
the State of Ohio by a sophisticated computer network. This
Automated Title Processing System (ATPS) provides fast, efficient
issuance of approximately 4.5 million Ohio Titles annually.
A certificate of title is documented proof of ownership.
In addition to collecting the sales and
use taxes for the purchase of automobiles, the Clerk of Courts
is responsible for collecting all revenue relating to court
costs, bonds, fines and forfeitures. The Clerk of Courts of
Common Pleas is responsible for receiving and disbursing thousands
of other dollars which are directed to various accounts of
the county and state.
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