Terri J. Rethlake,
St. Joseph Clerk of the Circuit Court

Contact Information
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM– 4:30PM


Main Office
Basement of Court House
101 S. Main St
South Bend, IN 46601
Phone: 574-235-9635
Fax: 574-235-9838

Mishawaka Division
County Services Annex
219 Lincoln Way West
Mishawaka, IN  46544
Phone: 574-256-6242 
Fax: 574-256-6225

Probate Division
Juvenile Justice Center
1000 S. Michigan 46601
Phone: 574-235-5371
Fax: 574-235-5501


NOTICE: Cellular telephones, pagers, cameras, and other electronic devices are banned from the St. Joseph County Courthouses. If you bring such a device into the building, and disrupt a Court session, you will be fined and your device confiscated.

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Duties of the Clerk

The Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court was established by the Indiana State Constitution
to serve as the record keeper for the constitutionally created Circuit Court.  If a Superior Court is created by state statute, the Clerk also serves as the Ex-Officio Clerk of that Court. The Clerk is elected by the residents of St. Joseph County and is limited to serving two consecutive four year terms. 

The Clerk of the Circuit Court also serves as the Secretary to the County Election Board.  This Board is responsible for conducting elections, certifying their results to the Secretary of State, issuing certificates of election to candidates and administering oaths of office.  The Clerk’s office is also the repository of these oaths.

By statute, the Clerk is also the Secretary to the County Commission on Public Records.  This committee must meet once a year to approve destruction of public records by various departments in the county, cities, towns, and townships.

The Clerk serves as trustee of child support collections ordered by the Court to be paid
through the Clerk’s Office and also acts as the chief financial officer to the Courts by
collecting, disbursing, and reconciling monies related to court cases.  The Clerk collects
filing fees, court costs, and judgment monies in civil cases.  In criminal and infraction
cases, the Clerk collects fees and fines for city, county and state jurisdictions, deferral
and pretrial diversion fees, bail bond monies, and restitution ordered by the Court. We
also, file foreign judgments and are the repository for State Tax Liens.

The Clerk issues marriage licenses and may officiate at weddings.  Our office also sends notice to prospective jurors.


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