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Court Administrator's Responsibilities

The Department of Court Administration is responsible for carrying out the non-judicial functions of the court including:

  • Management of the jury
  • Court finances
  • Fines collection
  • Case flow management of all civil, criminal, traffic, juvenile, family and probate matters
  • Records management

In addition, Court Administration provides a wide range of services to the public, judges, attorneys, agencies and other members of the judicial branch.

Annette Fritz was sworn in as the Washington County Court Administrator and Clerk of District Court for Washington County on July 27, 2009.

The Court Administrator:

  • Develops and implements all policies, programs and procedures for the Office of Court Administration
  • Oversees all activities and functions of Court Administration and its employees
  • Administers personnel regulations of the State Judicial Branch employees and the provisions of collective bargaining agreements
  • Approves and administers records retention/destruction policy
  • Ensures security of all court records and exhibits
  • Oversees administration of the court departmental budget

The Clerk of District Court, known as the Court Administrator, is a public official; the office is created by Article VI, Section 13 of the Constitution of the State of Minnesota.  Appointment of the Court Administrator is by the Judges of the Tenth Judicial District with the authority to act as set forth in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 485.

Washington County Court is located in Stillwater, Minnesota.  Ten judges are assigned to the county.  Each is supported by a law clerk and a court reporter.