Adams County Clerk

Contact Information 

Adams County Clerk

P.O. Box 187
Ritzville, WA 99169
Telephone Number: 509-659-3257

Office Hours
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m
           and
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Legal Newspapers
for Adams
County Superior Court:

Ritzville Adams County Journal
216 W. Railroad Ave
P.O.Box 288
Ritzville, WA 99169

The Sun Tribune
610 E. Main
Othello, WA  99344

Paulette J. Teske, Clerk

The Clerk's Office is prohibited by law from giving legal advice.

The County Clerk is an elected official created by the state constitution
and is the administrative and financial officer of
the Superior Court. The office is technical and the duties are,
in some instances, quasi-judicial.

As Ex-officio Clerk of the Superior Court, the County Clerk must keep a record of all appearances and the date of filing of
pleadings, a calendar for all scheduled proceedings and a daily
record of those proceedings. An execution docket must be maintained to record judgments of the court. The Clerk assures
that all records are accurately kept and that court transactions
are performed in a timely manner in order to maintain the integrity
of the judicial process. Case filings include:

  • Criminal

    In criminal cases, the clerk issues warrants of arrest and summonses. The clerk registers all witnesses, is responsible for safeguarding all exhibits, and also records all jury appearances. 

  • Domestic relations, civil and paternity

    The clerk issues writs of garnishment and execution and provides forms and assistance to the public in domestic violence and anti-harassment cases. Certificates for the dissolution of marriage are transmitted to the Department of Heath, and all litigants in civil and domestic cases that have been without action for one year must be notified.

  • Probate/guardianship

    The clerk keeps a record of wills and bonds, and issues letters testamentary, letters of administration or letters of guardianship authorizing representatives to act on behalf of persons who are deceased or incapacitated. In probate, the clerks issue forms for the transfer of title to mobile homes and vehicles.

  • Adoption

    Adoption decrees and re-registration forms go directly from the clerk's office to the Department of Health.

  • Mental Illness, adult and juvenile

    Responsibility lies with the clerk for maintaining the confidentiality of involuntary commitment cases.

  • Juvenile Dependency

    The clerk maintains confidential court records pertaining to children who have been abandoned, abused, neglected and are in the custody of the court. The clerk is responsible for issuing notice and summons. Dependency cases also require the clerk to perform special duties with regard to shelter care and "at risk" youth matters.

  • Juvenile Offender

    Upon a charge filed by the prosecuting attorney in a situation involving a juvenile, the clerk must issue a summons and warrant of arrest. Juvenile cases are subject to numerous special statutes, but have the same requirements as adult cases where record keeping and exhibit control are concerned.

  • Miscellaneous Duties

    The county clerk accepts applications for passports serving as an agent for the Federal government.