The Clerk's Office receives and files all pleadings such as petitions, answers and exceptions in Civil, Family, Probate, Juvenile and Adoption matters as well as Indictments, Bills of Information and other filings in Criminal matters. It is the gate through which all proceedings must pass to reach the Court of trial. Each lawsuit, succession proceeding and criminal matter is entered on a docket, assigned a number and indexed for ready reference. The office issues all process, such as citation or notice of the defendants, for service by the Sheriff and subpoenas all witnesses to be used on the trial of Civil, Family and Probate. Daily minutes of the Court are kept in which is entered a brief summary of all proceedings had in each matter.