Duties of the Clerk of the Circuit Court
A Public Trustee
Article V, Section 16, Florida Constitution, contains the following provisions:
"There shall be in each county a clerk of the circuit court who shall be selected pursuant to the provisions of Article VIII section 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of the constitution, the duties of the clerk of the circuit court may be divided by special or general law between two offices, one serving as clerk of court and one serving as ex officio clerk of the board of county commissioners, auditor, recorder and custodian of all county funds."
The Clerk of Circuit Court, an elected official answering directly to the public, acts as a watchdog for the public in the use of county resources. This results in the greatest accounting integrity and safeguarding of assets. The role of the Clerk of Circuit Court as a public trustee is evidenced in the following responsibilities and duties:
The Clerk's duties have an important impact upon the people's rights and property. The Constitution and statutes therefore decree that: