Clerk of Courts – ORC Chapter 2303
The principal duty of the clerk of courts is to keep journals, records, books, and the papers pertaining to the court of common pleas and the court of appeals. The clerk’s responsibilities involve not only the filing, docketing, indexing, and preserving of all pleadings, but also with arriving at decisions regarding the procedures required by law and the issuance of writs including summons and subpoenas.
The clerk of courts is also responsible for issuing titles for motor vehicles and watercraft. As a part of this responsibility the clerk collects the sales tax on automobiles and remits this money to the state. In this regard, the clerk also issues memorandum copies of titles, duplicates, notations of licenses on vehicles and watercraft and fees associated with these responsibilities.