Role OF The Clerk
"A public officer is a public trust. The people have the right to secure and sustain that trust."
-Article I, Section 8, Florida Constitution
Duties Of The Clerk
The Florida Constitution, which has governed Florida citizens for more than 175 years, established a Clerk & Comptroller as an elected public trustee in 1838 and established at the county level a system of checks and balances that has served the public well. The Office of the Clerk & Comptroller performs a wide range of record keeping, information management, and financial management for the judicial system and county government. The Nassau County Clerk is not only Clerk of the Circuit Court, but also the County Treasurer, Recorder, Auditor, Finance Officer, and Ex-Officio Clerk of the County Commission.
Clerk of the Circuit and County Court
the Clerk of Court is responsible for aiding in the judicial process and maintaining the integrity of the court records. Some of the Clerk’s responsibilities include processing all Civil and Criminal cases in the county, preparing court dockets, attending hearings and trials, collecting fines and fees, jury management, maintaining custody of all evidence and exhibits entered by the court, maintaining the court registry, auditing guardianship reports and child support payments and issuing marriage licenses.
Recorder of Deeds
As County Recorder, the Clerk is responsible for maintaining the County’s Official Records. Some of the Clerk’s duties as County Recorder include recording and indexing all deeds, mortgages, and other documents pertaining to real property in the county, recording and indexing all judgments, orders, and other documents pertaining to court cases in the county, processing tax deed applications and conducting sales, recording plats of subdivisions, and collecting and disbursing documentary stamp taxes and intangible taxes.
Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners
As Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk serves as the custodian of the Board’s records. Among other duties, the Clerk attends meetings of the Board and other committees, produces, records, indexes, and distributes the official minutes of these meetings, maintains legal custody of the Official County Seal, and provides citizens a forum through the Value Adjustment Board to address complaints when
they believe the Property Appraiser overvalued their property or improperly denied an exemption.
Accountant and Custodian of County Funds
As the County Comptroller, the Clerk acts as the County Treasurer, Auditor, and Finance Officer, providing a check and balance on the County’s budget, revenue, and expenditures. Among other financial duties, the Clerk handles the investment of available county funds, provides financial reporting to the Board, processes accounts payable and payroll, provides accounting services to all departments under the Board of County Commissioners, pre-audits all county expenditures before payment, conducts internal post-audits to determine if financial controls are sufficient, and is responsible for the collection and enforcement of Tourist Tax.
Visit The Clerk's Office
The Nassau County Clerk Of Court has two locations serving the citizens of Nassau County.
76347 Veterans Way
Yulee, Florida 32097
416 Centre Street
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034