|Mason County Clerk Ginger Brooks has been employed in this office since July of 1987 and was appointed as Clerk November 1, 2012.
The County Clerk is an elected position. The position is provided by
the Washington State Constitution with specific and special duties assigned
by statute and court rules. All the duties are mandated.
The position of County Clerk is best characterized as the administrative
and financial officer of the Superior Court. The County Clerk�s purpose
is to ensure the separation of powers among the three branches of government
by preserving the integrity of the judiciary. Those three branches are
Executive, Judicial and Legislative.
This purpose is accomplished in three ways:
By being independent of the judicial branch, the Clerk protects the
judiciary from the appearance of impropriety or unfairness in the
setting of cases, implementation of orders, or investment of funds.
The Clerk is located in the Executive Branch of government and provides
the avenue for external oversight of the judiciary without legislative
or executive branch interference with its actions, integrity or independence.
As an independent elected official, the Clerk preserves for the public
unrestrained access to a fair, accurate, and independently established
record of the opinions, decisions, and judgments of the court.