Franklin Parish was created on March 1, 1843, from portions of Ouachita, Catahoula, and Madison parishes by act 41 of the State Legislature. Land for a centrally located Parish seat, “Winnsborough”, was purchased in 1844 and the first courthouse was built on a favorite campsite of bear hunters. Because our office has records dating back to the year 1843, we were able to know this interesting piece of history.
The Clerk’s Office is responsible for preserving all documents filed, such as mortgages and conveyances, UCC’s, birth certificates, marriage licenses, civil, criminal, juvenile, non-support, adoptions, and appeals. The Clerk’s Office is also responsible for maintaining records of all court proceedings and the Jury Commission office, which calls on residents to serve on jury duty. This office also provides election day commissioners for polling places, maintaining voting machines, and recording and providing election results to the Louisiana Secretary of State.
The Franklin Parish Clerk Of Court Office operates on fees generated from services rendered, not from tax revenue. All salaries and expenses of this office are paid from fees collected by this office. Our fees are set by the Legislature. The Franklin Parish Police Jury provides us with office space and utilities in accordance with the law.
We hope you will find the information about the services provided by the Clerk of Court office useful. Our goal is to provide you with the best service possible.