The Clerk’s Office receives and files all pleadings such as petitions, answers, and exceptions in Civil, Family, Probate, Juvenile and Adoption matters as well as Indictments, Bills of Information and other filings in Criminal proceedings.  It is the gate through which all proceedings must pass to reach the trial court.  Each lawsuit, succession proceeding and criminal matter is assigned a number, indexed, and any court dates are entered on a docket for ready reference.  The Clerk’s Office processes all citations, rules, subpoenas to witnesses, etc., for service by the Sheriff.  Minutes of the Court are entered, which is a brief summary of all proceedings in each matter heard.