Johnson County Clerk Of Court's Year-End Report

Johnson County Judicial Center.
Johnson County Judicial Center.

Debra Vandel, Clerk of District Court in Johnson County, gave her end-of-the-year report to the county commissioners during their last regular meeting.

Vandel said the district court filed 180 different new court cases in 2017, and she is working on 8 appeals.

There were 35 jury trials on their schedule during the year, but all but two either settled, had a change of plea, or were dismissed before they went to trial.
Two of them actually went to trial, and Vandel explained those two further.

Vandel touched on other highlights from the last year including two civil bench trials that lasted about three weeks; processing $525,000 in child support payments; and the court awarding just under $10,200,000 in money judgements.

Her office is continuing to put court documents on microfilm.
So far they have completed criminal records through 2007; civil cases through 1976 and probate records through 1979.

Sheridan City Hall became certified with the State Department in May of 2017 and began issuing passports, which resulted in fewer being issued through her office.
Johnson County processed 530 passports this year, 250 fewer than average, she said.

The district court office, as of November of 2017, was running at about 40% of their fiscal year budget, whch is where she projected it to be.

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