Johnson County, Arkansas

Circuit Clerk—Monica King

 COURTS

 

Domestic Relations Division

The Johnson County Circuit Clerk’s Office maintains the records for the Domestic Relations Division of Circuit Court. In the Domestic Relations Division, cases are initiated by the filing of a complaint/petition by the Plaintiff. A case may also be initiated by a transfer from another jurisdiction. Types of Domestic Relations cases are: Divorce, Annulment, Separate Maintenance, Custody/Visitation, Child Support, Paternity, Domestic Abuse, Contempt and Body Attachments.  In order to file a domestic relations case, it is $165.00 for the filing fee and you must provide and complete the legal forms.  We are simply the keeper of the records.   If the forms are incorrect the Judge could dismiss the case.  Our office strongly recommends consulting with an attorney. 

Domestic records may be accessed at any time at https://caseinfo.arcourts.gov

 

Civil Division

The Johnson County Circuit Clerk’s Office maintains the records for the Civil Division of Circuit Court. In the Civil Division a court action is initiated by the filing of a complaint/petition by the Plaintiff. Examples of the specific types of cases filed in the Civil Division are: Negligence, Bad Faith, Fraud, Malpractice, Product Liability, Contract Issues, Foreclosures, Quiet Title, Injunction, Partition, Condemnation, Replevin, Declaratory Judgment, Unlawful Detainer, Incorporations, Foreign Judgments, Administrative Appeals, Property Forfeitures, Removal of Disabilities and Name Changes.

Civil records may be accessed at any time at https://caseinfo.arcourts.gov

 

Criminal Division

The Johnson County Circuit Clerk’s Office maintains the records for the Criminal Division of Circuit Court. A court action is initiated in criminal court by the filing of an Information by the Prosecuting Attorney. The Information is a formal accusation of crime. The Information must be accompanied by an Affidavit showing cause for the issuance of the Information and/or a bench warrant. A cause of action may also be initiated by a Grand Jury indictment or may be filed as an appeal from an inferior court (i.e. district court).

Criminal records may be accessed at any time at https://caseinfo.arcourts.gov

 

Juvenile Division

The Johnson County Circuit Clerk’s Office maintains the records for the Juvenile Division of the Circuit Court. Juvenile records are not open to the public. Records may only be accessed by the attorneys of record or by governmental agencies involved in the case.

In the Juvenile Division, proceedings shall be commenced by the filing of a petition with the Circuit Clerk’s Office or by a transfer from another court. There are two basic types of Juvenile cases: family in need of services and dependency-neglect.

We do not and cannot provide legal advice or legal counsel on any matters handled in the Circuit Clerks Office.

 

RECORDING

In the Circuit Clerks office, we handle all of the recording of the land records, liens, and bonds.  There are several fees associated with the filing of these documents, as follows:

Pursuant to Act 615 of 2007 effective July 31, 2007 filing fees will be as follows:

1.   For recording Deeds, Deeds of Trust, Mortgages, Release Deeds, and Powers of Attorney the filing fee will be: $15.00 for first page $5.00 for each additional page.

2.    For recording Mortgage Assignments, Mortgage Releases, and other Instruments when multiple instruments are listed in a single document, an additional fee per instrument will be: $15.00 per instrument listed, not to exceed $300.00.

3.   For recording Plats, Survey Plats, Notary Bonds, Foreign Judgments, Writs of Execution, Writs of Garnishment, Materialman’s Liens, and Other Recordable Instruments, except as otherwise noted filing fee will be:  $15.00 for first page   $ 5.00 for each additional page.

4.  Original filing of Financing Statement (UCC-1) with cost of Termination included will be:  $12.00

5.  Filing of Continuation, Amendment, or Partial Release of Financing Statement will be: $ 6.00

6.  Termination of Financing Statement (If original UCC was filed prior to 1994) will be $ 6.00

 

ALL RECORDING MUST BE ON 8 ½ X 11 (LETTER SIZE) PAPER

 

General Guidelines

General Guidelines

Please understand and assist us in the following to insure your document(s) are indexed correctly.

•Make sure your filings are accurate; we file what you provide
•Documents must be Original, clear and legible
•We do not interpret documents
•Convey the instruments the way you want your property conveyed

We do not and cannot provide legal advice or legal counsel on any matters handled in the Circuit Clerks Office.

 

JURY SERVICE

Welcome! I know from personal experience that a summons for jury duty raises many concerns about how you will be able to fit the civic obligation of jury duty into your busy life. Without you, the jury system cannot work the way the authors of the Constitution wanted. Your public service as a juror protects our right to have a trial by an impartial jury. Everyone has questions. "Why must I serve?" "How long must I serve?" "Can I get a postponement?" "Who pays the jury fee?" "What should I tell my employer?"  "What are my obligations as an employer of a juror?” Some simply ask: "Why me? “Over and over, jurors who have served tell us they enjoy being involved in making an important civic decision. Often jury service is the most direct participation the average citizen can have in the workings of government. It is my intent to help you with some of these frequently asked questions by information provided. Please remember it is not a substitute for the Judge’s instructions but is provided to help you understand Johnson County's procedures. I extend my sincere appreciation for your jury service and trust you will find your experience rewarding.

I thank you in advance for your service to Johnson County, Monica King - Johnson County Circuit Clerk.

Arkansas Law requires the following qualifications:

1. Johnson County Registered Voter
2. 18 years of age or older
3. Citizen of the United States
4. Resident of Johnson County Arkansas
5. Sound mind and good moral character
6. Able to read and write the English language
7. Must not have served as a juror in Johnson County in the last two years
8. Must not have been convicted of a felony that has not been pardoned or expunged 


Only a Judge can excuse a person from jury service. A person may be excused if the court finds that either the state of the juror’s interests or those of the public will be materially injured by the juror’s attendance. 

The law does not allow a person to be excused for economic reasons or business reasons. Nurses, doctors, teachers, and police officers are not exempt or disqualified because of their professions. However, you may speak to the Judge in the Court to your particular situation but there are no guarantees that you will be excused. 

 

How did my name get chosen?

The Johnson County Judges have chosen to use Registered Voters from the Arkansas Voter Registration database.  This process is done at a random pull of the entire database, excluding those that have served in the last two years in Johnson County, Arkansas. Then at the Circuit Clerk's direction, the computer randomly draws 400 names from the master list to be qualified for a term of service. This process happens every four months.

Payment of Services

Jurors will complete their term of service and be paid with one check. 
For example, if you serve on more than one trial you will not be paid until the end of the term.
Checks are run one time for the entire term of service. 
You should receive your payment within three weeks after the term ends.

 

Pay is set by the State of Arkansas and the Quorum Court of Johnson County.

Jurors seated to hear the trial are paid $50.00/day. 
Those who report but are not selected are paid $15.00/day. 
 

Length of Service

Due to the number of jurors summoned, most jurors will generally appear one or two times during his/her term, but this is dependent on the number of trials conducted. The Circuit Clerk attempts to maintain a large base for selection so no juror is called repeatedly.
 

Terms of Service for each year are as follows:
January 1st – April 30th      May 1st – August 31st      September 1st – December 31st 

To contact the Circuit Clerk regarding your jury service, please call (479)754-2977 or email at jccclerkmking@gmail.com

 

SERVICES OFFERED

Criminal Support Division:

Circuit Clerk collects payments for the Criminal Courts including; collection of fines, penalties, restitution and costs. Payments may be made in the Courthouse at 215 West Main Street, Clarksville, AR 72830 - Room #101 or sent by mail to PO Box 189, Clarksville, AR 72830. Please be sure the name and case number are included with your payment. You may also pay by credit/debit card with a 3% fee.

The Circuit Clerk's office cannot make any changes to your restitution payment schedule. Please contact your attorney.

 

Child Support Division:

The Johnson County Circuit Clerk’s Office maintains the records for the Registry of the Court. Duties include keeping a record of child support payments ordered by the Court to be paid through the Registry. Payments may be made in the Courthouse at 215 West Main Street, Clarksville, AR 72830 - Room #101 or sent by mail to PO Box 189, Clarksville, AR 72830. Please be sure the name and case number are included with your payment. You may also pay by credit/debit card with a 3% fee.

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