The Washington County Circuit Clerk’s Office, including the Associate Circuit Division, will be relocating to the new Courthouse Annex this week.
The annex is located in a newly renovated building at 104 North Missouri St. in Potosi.
Renovations on the building — which was most recently a dance studio — began last fall.
The move will allow all of the clerks to be in the same area and Associate Circuit Court Judge Troy Hyde will now get a larger courtroom, according to Circuit Clerk Ashley Gum.
Our office provides administrative support to the Circuit and Associate Circuit Judges in Washington County. We maintain court filings and records for the Court. The civil division consists mainly of divorces and other domestic cases, adult abuse, and large civil suits. When the State has deemed a crime has occurred, the file is maintained by the criminal division. Our juvenile division maintains records concerning actions filed by The Washington County Juvenile Office and other juvenile matters, including adoptions. We are responsible for compiling jury panels and summoning jurors.
“Before we could maybe fit three to four people in there at a time and that was cramped,” she added. “So this will actually give him a little bit of space to actually have a courtroom instead of just the court office.”
They will be relocating for the entirety of this week.
During the time of transition, Gum said, the routine services provided by the Circuit Clerk’s Office will be limited to emergency services only.
“We ask the public for their patience and assistance during this time,” she said. “If you are contemplating filing an action, or conducting other business with the court, we ask that you do so prior to the move or wait until after our relocation.
"We are excited about the move, and look forward to serving the citizens of Washington County in our new facility.”
Gum said they will be back open for regular business on June 21.
The Circuit Clerk's Office provides administrative support to the Washington County Circuit and Associate Circuit judges. It maintains court filings and records for the court and is responsible for compiling jury panels and summoning jurors.
Nikki Overfelt-Chifalu is a reporter for the Daily Journal. She can be reached at email@example.com.