Cassandra "Sam" Johnson - Etowah County Circuit Clerk

Duties & Responsibilities

The Circuit Clerk serves as the courts “official record keeper” and business manager on all court proceedings held in the District and Circuit Courts.  While the Circuit Clerk serves as an administrative arm of the Court, the primary responsibilities are to maintain court records and manage the collection and disbursement of court funds for the court system with integrity and security at all times.

On a daily basis, the Circuit Clerk’s Office interacts with the public while managing court pleadings, collecting fines and fees, preparing subpoenas and issuing court notices for scheduled trials and hearings.  These court records are divided into ten different divisions that include Civil, Criminal, Domestic, Child Support, Traffic, Juvenile and Warrants.  Jury management also falls under the duties of the Circuit Clerk.

In 2016 alone, the 16th Judicial Circuit handled 20,879 new case filings and 20,637 cases were disposed of while managing a pending caseload of approximately 10,000 cases for the District and Circuit Courts. Also in 2016, the Magistrate/Warrant division issued 3,411 felony and misdemeanor arrest warrants. Court records are electronically imaged in all divisions of court making information more readily available to judges, clerks, attorneys, and the public. Most trial court information may be obtained through www.alacourt.gov using the link “Just One Look” for On-Demand access to Alabama State Trial Court Records.  Please note the required fees for this service. Additional legal information and forms are available at www.alacourt.gov.

As a constitutional officer, the Circuit Clerk has the responsibility to serve as the Absentee Election Manager on county, state and federal elections for Etowah County.

Contact Information:
Etowah County Judicial Building
Circuit Clerk's Office
801 Forrest Ave. Suite 202
Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: 256-549-2150