Clerk of Court

Due to state budget cuts, all Iowa Judicial Branch offices, including clerk of district court offices, the office of the clerk of the supreme court, and juvenile court services offices, will be closed Friday, May 26, 2017. Offices will remain closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, 2017, and reopen on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

All court personnel, except judges and magistrates, will be required to take unpaid leave on Friday, May 26, affecting approximately 1,446 employees for a statewide reduction of $364,573. The initial Fiscal Year 2017 appropriation for judicial branch operations was $5 million less than the amount needed to maintain the same level of service to all Iowans as in Fiscal Year 2016. In January 2017, the Iowa Legislature passed and the Governor signed Senate File 130, de-appropriating an additional $3 million from the Fiscal Year 2017 operating budget of the Iowa Judicial Branch.


Janietta Criswell, Clerk of District Court
Mahaska County Courthouse
2nd Floor
106 South 1st Street
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577

Phone: (641) 673-7786
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

Related Links

See our official judicial branch website for more information. 

Traffic fines, criminal fines, & civil infractions can be paid electronically on-line for any county in the state of Iowa.  To pay fines, log onto the judicial branch website at

Juror Information

If you are summoned for jury duty, please report to the 2nd floor courtroom of the Mahaska County Courthouse and check in with the Court Attendant.

Current Jury Trial Schedule is as follows:

TUESDAY,  APRIL 4,  2017


TUESDAY,  MAY 2,  2017

TUESDAY,  MAY 9,  2017

TUESDAY,  MAY 23,  2017

TUESDAY,  JUNE 6,  2017

TUESDAY,  JUNE 13,  2017

Please plan to call 641-673-7786, after 5:00 PM, the evening prior to the above dates.  A recorded message will inform you as to whether the jury trial will be held and you must report or if you do not need to report.

Please note that no food or drink is allowed in the courtroom other than bottled water.  All cell phones must be turned off upon entering the courtroom.  No weapons are allowed in the courtroom.

If you need assistance to participate in court due to a disability, please call the disability coordinator at 641-684-6502.  Persons who are hearing or speech impaired may call Relay Iowa TTY (1-800-735-2942).