Department Description

Duties of the Clerk of the Superior Court:

The Clerk of the Superior Court, which the Arizona Constitution established as an elected official within each of the state's fifteen counties, serves as the official record keeper and financial officer of the Superior Court. Arizona Revised Statutes, Supreme Court and Local Court Rules clearly define the duties and functions of the Clerk of the Superior Court. These functions include, but are not limited to the following descriptions.

Administrator of Court Records and Exhibits:

All of the documents presented in a Superior Court case must be received, processed, secured and purged in accordance with certain statutory time constraints, archival standards and requirements. In this role the Clerk identifies the changing needs of various records management programs to ensure that the interest of the courts and the public are secured.

Fiduciary/Financial Officer of the Courts:

As the court's fiduciary officer, the Clerk receives, records, invests and disburses all statutory fees, fines, reimbursements, restitution and public/custodial trust funds, as ordered by the court; utilizing innovative systems and technologies whenever feasible. This flow of funds is accomplished only through court order and statutory authorization.

Judicial and Quasi-Judicial Officer:

The Clerk issues writs, subpoenas, wage assignments, and other court-related orders, serving in a quasi-judicial capacity. The Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court has been appointed as the county's Probate Registrar and performs limited judicial functions in association with that appointment.

Ex-Officio Clerk of the Superior Court:

The Clerk's presence at all court sessions is required by statute to receive and record court documents and exhibits, thereby establishing an independent record of court proceedings. In this role, the Clerk is responsible for ensuring proper documentation of court action as well as public access to court records.

Elected Departmental Administrator:

As the elected administrator of a court department, the Clerk has the responsibility to establish office policies, budgets, and procedures in accordance with the governing guidelines and policies of the Superior Court, the Supreme Court and Pinal County.

 Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court is to maintain the public trust and confidence as the official record-keeper and fiduciary of the Court. The Office will exercise stewardship of public monies, integrate innovative technology, and ensure integrity of Jury Service.

 Vision Statement

The Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court will be leaders in state and national court management procedures by focusing on providing information to our customers in the fastest, most accurate and efficient manner possible. The office will achieve measurable results through the implementation of innovative business methodologies, technology, and employee development.

 COSC Strategic Plan 2012-2014

 COSC Adopted Budget

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