James M. Swisher, Jr, Clerk of Court for Columbia County, Florida is a duly elected Constitutional Officer. The Clerk of the Circuit Court is an elected office established according to the Florida Constitution for the purpose of serving the citizens of each county as a public trustee. As an elected official, the Clerk of the Circuit Court helps provide for the system of “checks and balances” that is the very foundation of the American form of government.

The goal of the Columbia County Clerk’s Office is to efficiently and effectively perform as clerk of the Circuit and County Courts, Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, Recorder and Guardian of Public Records, Treasurer, Auditor and Custodian of all county funds.

The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court envisions earning the public trust through leadership in its diverse role as Clerk to the Courts, Guardian of Public Records and Auditor of the Public Resources and Systems. The Clerk’s Office will be an advocate for people in need of access to public resources and records. We will provide an efficient, friendly and professional work force prepared to meet changing customer needs. The Clerk’s Office will safeguard and enhance resources through strong internal audits and effective investment strategies.

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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Recently, there has been a nationwide identity theft scam involving callers pretending to be jury personnel attempting to gain personal information. For more information about this scam, please read this document.

NOTICE TO BAR MEMBERS: Columbia County is now accepting e-filed documents from members of the bar in all divisions (Criminal, Circuit Civil, County Civil, Small Claims, Probate, Family, and Juvenile).

Attorneys can now access cases they are assigned to by going to the Attorney CCIS website. First, attorneys will need to fill out this form to obtain access.
Efiling mandatory for attorneys as of April 1, 2013 
We are open Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM.

The Office of the Columbia County Clerk of Circuit Court believes:

  • In the worth and dignity of each individual and our obligation to fair treatment
  • That we are working partners with the courts and other agencies with which we interact.
  • In the value of teamwork, leadership and clear communication.
  • In a innovative approach to problem solving that will provide members of the office with the
    resources and authority to do their job.
  • In maintaining high ethical standards.


Notice: Please do not contact the Clerk of Courts office by email regarding court cases.
Please contact our office by phone.

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Our Commitment to You!

As your Clerk of the Circuit Court, I am pleased to provide you with this web site for accessing information about the services and functions of this office. We are deeply committed to protecting the public records and serving you. I encourage you to explore our web site and familiarize yourself with this office. We welcome your e-mail, recommendations and suggestions on ways to improve our services to you. We pledge to continue our efforts to provide you with the most efficient, cost effective services possible.

Best Regards,
James M. Swisher, Jr