Serving Our Citizens
In addition to supporting judicial functions, the Clerk of Court is responsible for recording the state’s land record transactions, issuing business and marriage licenses and performing civil ceremonies. In this process, the Clerk’s Office collects and distributes funds on behalf of the State, Harford County and its municipalities.
The Clerk of Court performs court duties, such as filing, docketing, and maintaining legal records; recording documents that involve title to real estate; and collecting the fees, commissions, and taxes related to these functions.
Operating expenses for the Clerk’s Office primarily come from State General Funds, and certain support services, such as payroll and invoice processing and maintenance of budgetary accounting records, are provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Today, the Clerk of the Circuit Court is elected by the voters to a four-year term (Chapter 99, Acts of 1956, ratified Nov. 6, 1956; Const., Art. IV, secs. 25-26; Code Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article, secs. 2-201 through 2-213).