Courthouse spotlight Clerk of Court’s office

Megan Buhrow, Julie Kneip and Terri Halbach serve Butler County at the Clerk of Court’s office. (Bethany Carson photo)

If you’re headed to the Butler County Clerk of Court’s office, chances are, you haven’t had a good day. You may be there for a divorce, for a traffic citation, small claims, civil, or criminal case, a mental health or substance abuse committal or for a protective order in a case of domestic abuse. Maybe you’re serving jury duty or working on a trust or guardianship matter.

Whatever the case, Clerk of Court Julie Kneip, Judicial Specialist III Megan Buhrow and Judicial Specialist II Terri Halbach are there to provide the resources you need and to try to make your day a little brighter.

“In today’s society, people are not always friendly, welcoming and helpful…” Halbach said. “[I find satisfaction] in seeing people get the resources and help they need.”

The Clerk of Court is a state office, and duties of the office are outlined in Iowa Code. Duties include jury management, maintaining and processing court records, processing traffic citations, non-scheduled traffic violations, magistrate matters, protective orders, criminal complaints and juvenile, small claims, civil, mental health, domestic abuse and substance abuse cases, guardianships, as well as mental health and substance abuse committals.

People often visit the Clerk’s office with questions on filing for small claims court or divorce.

For the full story, see this week’s Eclipse News-Review. Subscribe by calling 319-346-1461 or by clicking here.