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Circuit Clerk

Headshot of Jim Muir Circuit Clerk of Franklin

Jim Muir, Circuit Clerk


The circuit clerk’s office has a staff of 9 to assist the public with any of our provided services, including:

  • Filing and maintaining records of all cases that are heard by Franklin County Courts involving adoptions, family cases, divorces, criminal felonies and misdemeanors, traffic cases, juvenile cases, law cases, small claims, probates, chanceries, and tax cases
  • Judges perform marriages at 9am and 1pm almost every week day
  • Collect fines and fees for cases where they have been ordered and distribute the funds to the agencies which they are intended
  • Archiving historic cases in various storage locations for genealogy and other research
  • Provide a public access computer to use for information in any non-secured cases
  • Contact and organize the petit and grand juries
  • Schedule all cases for court

Franklin County Circuit Clerk’s Office

Franklin County Courthouse
100 Public Square
Benton, Illinois 62812

General: (618) 435-9800
Traffic: (618) 438-6731
Fax: 618-435-9848


Monday-Friday 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Offices are closed all Federal, State & County Holidays

Schedule of Fees

The current schedule of fees for the Franklin County Circuit Clerk services can be found in the downloadable PDF document below.

Circuit Clerk - Schedule of Fees

Notice to Jurors

If you have any questions regarding your jury duty please contact Franklin County Circuit Clerk Jim Muir at 618-435-9800 (Option 1) or 618-525-4744. You can also reach him by email at: [email protected]

Franklin County Court Docket

Please click on the download below to obtain the most recent docket for Franklin County Court.

Zoom Court Instructions

Please click on the download below to obtain the most recent instructions on how to attend Franklin County Court via ZOOM.

Franklin County ZOOM Court Instructions
jurors listening to the unfolding case in traditional courtroom setting