The mission of the Office of the Clerk of Court is to provide comprehensive and accurate records of the General Sessions Court (criminal), Court of Common Pleas (civil) and Family Court of Anderson County.
The Honorable Richard A. Shirley, Anderson County Clerk of Court, has served the people of Anderson County all his life. Appointed in 2010 to finish the unexpired term of Ms. Cathy Phillips, Mr. Shirley won re-election as Clerk of Court in 2012 and 2016. Previously, Mr. Shirley served the City of Anderson for nearly thirty years. Mr. Shirley remains the youngest person ever elected to Anderson City Council, serving as Councilman from July 1, 1978 to June 30, 1998 and as Mayor from July 1, 1998 to June 30, 2006. Mr. Shirley was also a community banker for 34 years.
Mr. Shirley is a proud graduate of T.L. Hanna High School and Presbyterian College.
The office of the Clerk of Court supports the work of the General Sessions (criminal court), Common Pleas (civil court) and Family Court. Judges rely on the Clerk of Court to provide them with all documents and filings for the cases that they hear.
In General Sessions (criminal) and Common Pleas (civil) Court, the Clerk's office provides information and assistance to prospective jurors and active juries. Examples of other duties include: receiving criminal warrants and transmission of them to the Solicitor; receiving bail; compiling trial lists; managing dockets of cases to be heard; staffing the courtroom while the court is in session; receiving fees, fines and costs; maintaining all court records; and submitting reports to a variety of state and federal agencies.
Among the Clerk's duties in Family Court are issuing Rules to Show Cause in cases where court orders have not been followed, and filing of Orders of Protection and transmittal of these orders to the appropriate local law enforcement agencies. The Clerk also collects and disburses court-ordered child support payments.