Board of Supervisors, Jefferson County, Iowa

Clerk of District Court

Duties: In each of Iowa's 99 counties, a Clerk of District Court Office manages and maintains all trial court records filed in the county.

Location: Jefferson County Courthouse

Hours: Mon thru Fri 8-4:30

Telephone: 641-472-3454
Fax: 641-472-9472

Mailing Address:
Clerk of District Court
51 W Briggs Ave., Suite 5
Fairfield IA 52556

Clerk: Jennifer Nelson, appointed by District 8 judges
Staff: Vickie, Amy, Mindy

Clerks of District Court have hundreds of administrative duties, some of which include:

  • Maintaining All Court Records.
  • Accepting and processing fines, fees and court costs owed to the state, child support checks, and civil judgments.
  • Disposing of scheduled violations that are not contested and do not require a court hearing.
  • Notifying state and local government agencies, including law enforcement agencies, of court orders.
  • Jury management - summon jurors to serve each quarter.
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Some of the areas the Clerk Of District Court is responsible for include (among others):

  • Change of Name
  • Child Support
  • Civil Actions
  • Criminal Cases
  • Domestic Relations Cases
  • Domestic Abuse Cases & Juvenile Cases
  • Equity Cases
  • Law Cases
  • Mental Commitments
  • Probate
  • Small Claims
  • Traffic Tickets



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What is a judicial retention election?

Judges stand for retention election near the end of their term of office.  In a retention election, judges do not have opponents.  Instead, voters decide whether or not to retain a judge in office.  If a judge receives a simple majority of "yes" votes, the judge may serve another full term.  The regular term of office for a supreme court justice is eight years; the term for all other judges is six years.

Why does Iowa use judicial retention?

In 1962, Iowa voters approved a constitutional reform that replaced the process of selecting judges by popular vote with a merit selection and retention election process. This process promotes selection of the best qualified applicants and ensures an impartial judiciary while retaining judicial accountability.

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