About the Clerk

James M. Swisher, Jr. took office as Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller on August 14, 2020. The Columbia County Clerk of Court’s office is a complex organization that performs a wide range of record keeping, information and financial management for the judicial system, the Board of County Commissioners, and most importantly, the citizens of Columbia County. The Clerk of Court as an officer of the Columbia County Court System is responsible for maintaining court records with the utmost care and security. These court records include criminal felony and misdemeanor cases, civil, family, Probate and Small Claims proceedings, Juvenile cases and traffic citations.

The Clerk of Court is the official recorder and custodian of all documents placed in the Columbia County Official Records. The Official Records are a permanent repository of those documents which primarily relate to real estate transactions. The Clerk collects and disburses court ordered child support and alimony payments. The Clerk issues marriage licenses and is authorized to perform marriage ceremonies. Our office is responsible for issuing jury summons, requisitions and distributes payment of fees to jurors.

As Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk attends all Board meetings, records the proceedings and maintains minutes of each meeting.

The Clerk serves as the chief financial officer of the county. In this capacity the clerk ensures that all expenditures of county funds are authorized by law.

The Clerk’s office has been designated by the United States Department of State to receive and process passport applications and is the only agency in Columbia County so empowered.

All records filed with the Clerk are available for public inspection during normal business hours with the exception of those records specifically exempt by judicial order or Florida Statute.

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