The area now called Oklahoma was brought into the United States in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. During the 1800s, the land had been given to the Native Americans already living there, along with others whom the government had pushed out of their home lands and it became known as the “Indian Territories”. Unfortunately, over time, the government claimed the land for white settlers. Oklahoma was officially made a state in 1907, becoming a large producer of oil for the country. Because of its location, it has always been privy to many droughts and dust storms, perhaps the most famous one being during the Depression in the 1930s.

Oklahoma has a total of 77 counties. When it was still just the Oklahoma Territory, there were only seven counties throughout the state, and they were actually not named but numbered instead. As more counties were added, they were deignated with letters of the alphabet. After 1907, when it achieved statehood, all counties were given names, and only two counties were added.

The state government of Oklahoma resides in the capital of Oklahoma City. There are three branches, modeled after the Federal government, and they work to uphold the Constitution of the state. Each county has its own government as well, and has a county seat in order to go about day to day tasks.

The Supreme Court of the state has nine members: a chief justice, a vice-chief justice, and seven associate justices. The justices are appointed by the governor of the state and serve their term until the next state election. As the highest court in the state, they will take the cases that have been appealed or hear cases that are brought to them. They are also responsible for administering the judicial system of the state.

Jails

Public Records

Court Clerk