Edward L. Stanton, Jr.

General Sessions Court
Title: Shelby County General Sessions Court Clerk

A Note about the Clerk:

Edward L. Stanton, Jr., serves Shelby County Government as the General Sessions Court Clerk. When judges of General Sessions Court were required to make a decision in appointing a Clerk Pro Tempore in 2011, they called upon Ed Stanton, Jr. to return to office after an 11 year retirement period.  Subsequently, in 2012 he was duly elected as General Sessions Court Clerk and re-elected in 2016. As your Clerk, his office is responsible as “The Keeper of the Records” for both Criminal and Civil Divisions.

Under his administration, he has successfully updated the office website for greater public-at-large access to criminal and civil records, an aggressive outreach  was established to help individuals who qualify for expunged cases, a 24-Hour Bond Release Program was initiated with the Juvenile Court Clerk's office and a proactive approach has been established to collect fines and costs.

Ed Stanton, Jr., has acquired a wealth of knowledge from his more than 35 years of service within the Criminal Justice System. He is a graduate of the Leadership Memphis Executive Program Class of 2014. He strives for customer satisfaction and continually utilizes his professional experience and public service skills to bring the Clerk’s Office to the “cutting edge” of technology.  He fervently aims to create a more customer service oriented office by focusing on customer needs through targeted technology upgrades.

In addition to his daily duties as Clerk, Ed Stanton, Jr. cares and shows concerns for our youth. He initiated an ongoing Internship Program for college students who wish to get an “inside view and college credit” as to the operations within the General Sessions Court system. This program has successfully accommodated training students from Southwest Tennessee Community College, LeMoyne-Owen College, and the University of Memphis, to name but a few.

Clerk Stanton, a lifelong Memphian, celebrates 50 years of marriage to Ruth Johnson Stanton.  They have three children and six grandchildren.



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