Forsyth County Hall of Justice
Forsyth County Clerk of Court – State of North Carolina
The Clerk’s Office provides administrative support for the judicial operation of the Forsyth County Courts, which is made up of five divisions; Civil, Criminal, Estates, Bookkeeping and Special Proceedings. The Clerk’s Office is responsible for maintaining and managing access to the official Court records. In 2011, the Clerk’s office processed 2,616 Estate Cases, 2,869 Foreclosure Cases, 9,340 District and or Superior Cases and an undisclosed number of Child/Custody Cases. Case records are public record and available for general viewing, with some exceptions. The only records that are not subject to public inspection are those sealed by court order, protected by court rule or by law. The Clerk’s Office receives processes and disburses all cost, fines and restitution’s as well as manages funds which are held in trust.
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Parking – There is a parking deck on the corner of Liberty Street and Second Street which is directly across the street from the west entrance to the Hall of Justice. There is also parking on the corner of Main and Second Street as well as a limited amount of metered parking along Main Street which is on the east side or main entrance to the Hall of Justice.
Security – All individuals entering the Forsyth County Hall of Justice are subject to a security search. Individuals who have obtained a security pass from the Forsyth County Government may be excused from the security search at the discretion of the attending security officer.
It is unlawful to carry or possess any weapon in the building. Items found are subject to be taken by security and not returned. Click here for a more comprehensive list of prohibited items that are NOT ALLOWED in the Forsyth County Hall of Justice.
Persons wearing shoes with metal covered, pointed toes and/or sharp metal studs will not be allowed to enter, unless they are a defendant in a scheduled court appearance, in which case, they are to be escorted to a bailiff for that court.
Persons with body piercings that could be removed and used as either weapons or tools will not be allowed to enter, unless they are a defendant in a scheduled court appearance, in which case, they are to be escorted to a bailiff for that court.
Persons showing obvious signs of impairment from alcohol or other impairing substances will be referred to a court officer of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
DEPARTMENTS OF THE CLERK’S OFFICE
Administration – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., (336) 779-6300
The administration of the Clerk’s office is under the direction of Susan S. Frye, the Clerk of Court and Mary Szawara, Chief Assistant. The administration is charged with overseeing the day to day operations of the entire Clerk’s office and implementing changes to coincide with changes in the law and the needs of all persons using our office.
Bookkeeping / Cashiers – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., (336) 779-6306
The bookkeeping department is located in room 217 and support is provided by Deputy Clerks and a Head Bookkeeper. This division is responsible for administering over $25 million dollars in monies that flow through the Clerk’s office each year. Bookkeeping receives, administers, invests and distributes sums of money from; (1) Minor Settlements, (2) Cash bonds, (3) Proceeds from Civil Judgments and Execution Sales, (4) Surplus funds from Foreclosure sales and (5) criminal fines, fees, restitution and cost. All monetary payments for criminal fines, cost, restitution, civil and estates filing fees as well as child support purge payments are to be paid in room 217 of the Hall of Justice.
Credit Cards are now being accepted for payment ($1,000. maximum per transaction) of fees excluding; Alimony, Bond Forfeiture, Cash Bonds, Child Support Purge Payments, Civil Judgments, Condemnation Awards, Disputed funds, Rent Bond, Trusts and Upset Bids. Click on the following for more info “Credit Cards”
Civil Division – Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., Civil Filings (336) 779-6303, Civil Records (336) 779-6308, Special Proceedings (336) 779-6327
The Civil Division has several clerks and office locations within the Hall of Justice. This division consists of various departments that maintain the court records and proceeding for Civil and Special Proceeding cases. The division assists individuals with the initial and subsequent filing of cases in the superior, district and small claims court. Various special proceeding matters are filed and heard by the clerks in the civil division including adoptions, motor vehicle liens and legitimations to name a few. Filings and inquiries for Special Proceedings/Foreclosures and Civil Filings should be made in the room 243 of the Hall of Justice.
Civil Records is located in room 245 and is where all records for both pending and disposed cases can be obtained. The clerks in this office can help provide information through the automated system and are available to assist the public with copies and the viewing of the court records.
Child Support / Alimony – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., (336) 779-6309.
This office is located in room 203 and maintains the court files and hearings concerning the establishment and enforcement of child support cases. The clerks in this office work with various Department of Social Services employees and the State’s Central Collection Agency in Raleigh to aid in the collection of child support.
Juvenile – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., (336) 779-6311
The juvenile clerks, located on the fifth floor of the Hall of Justice are responsible for the filing and administrative duties in the juvenile courts, courtroom duties and maintaining the records for court proceedings. Most juvenile files are sealed and not available to the general public.
Domestic Violence (Safe on Seven) – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., (336) 779-6322
The clerks that handle the filing of our domestic violence (50B and 50C) cases are located on the 7th floor of the Hall of Justice in the Safe on Seven Unit. The Clerk of Court is an active partner with other court agencies that are involved with the “SAFE ON SEVEN” domestic violence unit and they can be reached by dialing (336) 779-6320.
Jury – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., (336) 779-6305
The Jury Division is located on the fourth floor of the Hall of Justice. It is the Jury Clerk’s responsibility to issue summons to individuals for jury duty; to advise them about their service and administer the oath to the citizens of our county when selected to serve.
Special Proceedings / Incompetency / Mental Commitment – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. (336) 779-6307
Located in room 600, the clerks in this office work with the various hospitals and inpatient facilities to handle issues and matters concerning mental commitments, petitions for incompetency and appointing guardians.
Criminal Division – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., (336) 779-6302
This is one of the largest divisions in the Clerk’s office. In 2011, there were 106,258 criminal, traffic and infraction cases filed in Forsyth County. The District Court Criminal Records division is located in room 216. It is responsible for filing and maintaining all of the criminal pleadings filed in district court. Their duties also include keying in new cases, issuing subpoenas, assisting the public with criminal record checks, rescheduling cases and preparing dockets for court.
Criminal Courtroom Clerks – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
Superior Courtroom Clerks: 336-779-6313
District Courtroom Clerks: 336-779-6312
These divisions are located in two locations within the Hall of Justice; Superior Courtroom Clerks are located in room 616 and District Courtroom Clerks are located in room 216. Likewise, Superior Court records are located in room 616 and District Records are located in room 216. The Criminal Courtroom Clerks are responsible for; administrative duties of working district and superior courtroom; administering oaths to witnesses and jurors, keeping up with the exhibits in criminal trials, being in court when any criminal matter is heard and recording for the record any continuances, motions or adjudications in criminal, traffic, domestic criminal and infraction courts.
Estates Division – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., (336) 779-6304
This division, located in room 268, assist with and oversees the setup and administration of a decedent’s estate. The clerks in this division are sensitive and understanding to the difficult period that many of the individuals that use our office are going through.
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State Law prohibits the Clerk’s Office staff from; providing any legal advice, providing instructions for completing forms, referring an attorney, or recommending specific ways to pursue legal action.