|The duties of the Criminal Court Clerk are numerous
and varied but basically break down to the keeper of the records for the
Criminal Courts of Hamilton County. There are three departments or divisions of
Criminal Court Clerk’s Office: the criminal division of General Sessions Courts,
the Delinquent Collection division, and the Criminal Courts. There are 66
persons currently employed as Deputy Clerks by the Criminal Court Clerk as staff
for these three divisions.
The Criminal Division of the General Sessions Court clerks’ offices are open twenty-four
(24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. One
office is located at the Hamilton County Jail as a convenience to arresting law
enforcement officers and the other office is located in Room 108 of the Courts
Building. General Sessions Court clerks deal with all the paperwork involved with an
arrest, state traffic violations, misdemeanor court hearings, and felony preliminary
court hearings. The Criminal Division of
General Sessions Court handles over 50,000 cases each year.
The Delinquent Collections division is open Monday through Friday from
8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.. Here the deputy clerks deal with the collection of court fines
and court costs which are over six (6) months past due. These clerks utilize many
techniques in order to collect the money owed by defendants who have been ordered to pay
fines and/or court costs by either General Sessions Courts or Criminal Courts.
They perform skip-tracing searches in an effort to locate the defendants and garnish
bank accounts, payrolls and commissary accounts. All efforts are made to work with each individual defendant in
setting up reasonable and realistic payment schedules while at the same time ensuring that
the monies ordered by the courts are paid in the shortest length of time.
The Criminal Courts division of the Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00
a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and is located in Room 102 of the Courts Building. The clerks
in the Criminal Court division handle the record keeping for all criminal cases
bound over to the Grand Jury, or appealed from Sessions Court and all local municipal courts. This division also handles cases appealed from the Sessions Courts and local
municipal courts. The Criminal Court division handles
approximately 6,000 new cases each year.
I invite all citizens to visit our office here in the Courts Building and become
familiar with this division of the judicial branch of our government.