St. Clair County Circuit Clerk
Mrs. Kahalah A. Clay, Esq. was appointed to the office of Circuit Clerk in January of 2011 and elected to the office of Circuit Clerk in November 2012. Kahalah, a native of East St. Louis, attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. As an attorney, Kahalah was a full-time public defender and solo practitioner primarily in the area of family law. Prior to being appointed Circuit Clerk, Kahalah was an Assistant State’s Attorney with the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office.
During her Administration, Kahalah has been at the forefront of initiatives like permissive E-filing for attorneys prior to the mandate, on-line pleas through E-Guilty, paperless dockets in Traffic and Misdemeanor Courts, a Centralized Scanning Unit, and Automatic Disposition Reporting with the Secretary of State’s Office. Kahalah served on the Executive Board of the Illinois Association of Court Clerks and became the first African American President in Association history. Kahalah has been appointed to several committees by the Illinois Supreme Court including the Access to Justice Committee and the Commission on Pretrial Practices.
Kahalah is married to Associate Circuit Judge William Clay IV and they have three children.
The Circuit Clerk is a statutory Judicial Administrator and is responsible for maintaining the official court record for all civil and criminal cases. Everyday the Clerks interact with Judges, lawyers and the public to perform duties that include but are not limited to the filing of court cases and the collection and disbursement of fines and fees.