Reporting Duties

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As if court clerks did not have enough paperwork taking their attention -- in Oklahoma County we file 100,000 new cases each year - - we also have significant duties as "reporters."

All court clerks are required to provide statistical information regarding district court activities to the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Oklahoma Supreme Court's management agency. The information is used by the Supreme Court in its superintending capacity over courts and by the Legislature.

Information required to be compiled and reported about district courts includes the number and types of cases filed, disposed of and pending.

One of the most important reports required of the 77 court clerks in Oklahoma is the court fund report. Within 30 days after the end of each fiscal quarter, a court clerk must report receipts, disbursements and the total balance in the clerk's court fund.

Each county's court fund derives its revenue from civil filing fees and from collection of criminal fines, fees, forfeitures and other assessments. In Oklahoma County, we receive, account for and disburse more than $25 million each fiscal year. …