Administrative duties of the Circuit Clerk are to maintain a record of all proceedings of the Circuit Courts and to prepare the dockets for these courts. The Desha County Circuit Clerk is the official custodian of all Domestic Relations, Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Court records. The Circuit Clerk issues summons, warrants, subpoenas and writis authorized by the Circuit Court for delivery by the Desha County Sheriff. The clerk also maintains a file of all cases pending with the Circuit Court, as well as a record of all past court cases and their dispositions. The Circuit Clerk also attends all court events.
The Circuit Clerk is also the ex-officio county recorder, and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments involving property in Desha county. Our office has real estate records scanned back to 1980 and we are continually working on getting the older records scanned. The Circuit Clerk's office provides public inquiry stations, printers and copies for use of persons researching records.
The Circuit Clerk also swears in Notaries Public.
The Circuit Clerk maintains the records for the Registry of the Court. Duties include keeping a record of child support or alimony payments ordered by the Court to be paid through the Registry. We do not handle payments made by wage withholding; these are handled by the OCSE Clearing House. You may contact the OCSE Clearing House (1-866-428-8382) or the Child Support Enforcement Office (870-367-8763) with inquiries about these payments.
The Desha County Juvenile Court records are confidential and are not at any time open to the public. Records may only be accessed by the Attorney of Record or by governmental agencies directly involved in the case.
You do not have to hire an attorney to file papers in the Circuit Clerk's office, but if it is an important issue we suggest you consult and attorney.
The Circuit Clerk's office is prohibited by law from giving any legal advice!