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Clerk of District Court

Jefferson County, Iowa

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Contact Info

Clerk: Jennifer Runyon

Appointed by Distrct 8 judges


Anna Scotton
Mandy Schilb
Olivia Clark

Office Hours:

Mon-Fri 8am – Noon / 1 – 4:30pm

Phone / Fax:

Phone: (641) 472-3454
Fax: (641) 472-9472


Jefferson County Courthouse
(second floor)
51 W Briggs Ave. Suite 5
Fairfield, Iowa 52556

Clerk of District Court Office Duties

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

Note: You can pay fines, search a case history, file documents with the court, find public forms, and more at the Iowa Judicial Branch:

Clerk of District Court Duties 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.

Office Responsibilites Include:

  • 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

Iowa Judicial Branch Website

You can pay fines, search a case history, file documents with the court, find public forms, and more at the Iowa Judicial Branch:


What is a judicial retention election?

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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?

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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.

Notice: County Courthouse Offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th, 2024 in observance of Independence Day.

Temporary Polling Location Change: Fairfield 2nd Ward will vote at the County Engineer's Office, 901 N 8th St., Fairfield effective for the June 4, 2024 Primary Election.