The Clerk of Court is a state office that is housed in the Pocahontas County courthouse. The clerk is appointed by the judges of the Second Judicial District 2B and serves as a liaison between the courts and the judges. The office handles procedural matters for the District and Magistrate courts. Simple misdemeanors are adjudicated by the Magistrate Court, while Aggravated and Serious Misdemeanors and Felonies are tried in District Court.
The Clerk of Court administers traffic violations (unless they go to trial). Equity and Law cases are filed in the Clerk of Court’s office – as are Small Claims cases. You do not need an attorney for Small Claims. The Clerk of Court handles Name Changes, Adoptions, Dissolutions, all public assistance cases commenced by the Child Support Recovery Unit in Fort Dodge. Probate matters including estates, guardianships, conservatorships and trusts are also filed with our office. The Clerk of Court also works closely with local law enforcement processing search warrants, and all criminal filings. The Clerk of Court also handles mental and substance abuse committals; domestic abuse, juvenile delinquency, and children in need of assistance cases. Additionally, the Clerk of Court is responsible for case processing and handling of money received through the office for bonds, garnishments, fines or child support. The office also files monthly reports for statistical purposes for State Court Administration and remits monthly fines, costs, surcharges to the County Treasurer and the State Treasurer. The Clerk reports to the Secretary of State all convictions of felons.