**Disclaimer: Employees of the Jefferson County Clerk's Office are NOT attorneys, therefore we cannot give legal advice.**
Some of the services of the Court Records Department include:
• Collecting fees and fines for Jefferson County, New York State, and Towns
• Filing and certifying court records
• Judgment and lien entries
• Filing Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) Petitions
For more information and printable forms, visit www.nycourthelp.gov .
Any file that is opened in the Jefferson County Clerk's Office must be assigned an index number. All documents contained in this file must have the index number put on the front of the document. They are only assigned to actions and proceedings being heard by the NYS (Jefferson County) Supreme or Jefferson County Courts. New actions can be started in our office for a fee of $210.00.
All Civil Actions are started in our office. Initial filings typically consist of a summons and complaint or a summons with notice. These documents must be filed before papers can be served on an individual. Civil action files may include court orders, affidavits, summons, complaints, or any other document as long as they are marked with the Index Number. Please note all documents must be originals.
Criminal Proceedings can be initiated by an attorney, local court or the District Attorney's office. The Jefferson County Clerk's Office is also where the NYS (Jefferson County) Supreme and County Courts file criminal records. Only felony convictions are filed here in this office. Sealed records may only be accessed by the parties involved or their counsel.
Divorces, also referred to as "Matrimonials", are filed in the County Clerk's Office. These records are sealed and can only be accessed by the parties involved and their attorneys. Separation Agreements are also filed here in our office. To view or receive copies of these documents, please have the Index Number, names of the involved parties, and a photo I.D. with you. If you are unable to visit our office in person a written request is required. Click
for our Divorce Request Form. To view our fees, click
Judgments and Executions
An original judgment must first be processed through the city, town, or village court. Once this is complete, the court will issue a transcript of judgment. The fee to file this in our office is $10.00. For our office to issue an income execution or property execution, there is an additional $5.00 fee. If you are requesting our office to issue an income execution or property execution please complete the Creditor Affidavit for Execution Form .
Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) Petitions
Petitions for a small claims assessment review are filed in our office for a fee of $30.00. The New York State website for the Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) has more information about SCAR Petitions, as well as the required forms.