Clerk of Circuit Court
Roles & Responsibilities
The Circuit Court clerk, charged with more than 800 statutory responsibilities, is an elected official responsible for the administration of the Dickenson County Circuit Court. Such responsibilities extend beyond judicial-related business to nonjudicial and fiscal activities as well.
Chief Operating Officer Duties
As chief operating officer of the court, the clerk ensures that members of the judiciary are provided administrative support during courtroom proceedings. In criminal cases, the clerk makes certain that all proceedings are recorded and memorialized, administers all criminal case records, and coordinates case scheduling and other case-related activities with prosecutors and law enforcement. The clerk's office also lends overall judicial support by managing juries, maintaining and disposing of evidence, issuing arrest and other legal documents to be served, investing / distributing monies on the part of litigants or third-party beneficiaries, collecting criminal fines and costs, and serving as repository for the court's records.
Inquiries concerning the court, procedures and policies, and the court's records should be directed to the clerk's office, which essentially serves as the court's clearinghouse for information. In conjunction with this responsibility and in accordance with statutory provisions, the clerk's office routinely provides statistical data, case-related information, and court documents to state, local, and federal agencies as well as to the general public, attorneys, litigants, and the media.
Commitment to the Community
The Circuit Court clerk, as an elected official, is directly accountable to the citizens who elected him or her. As such, he or she is committed to exceeding customer expectations and providing the highest quality service possible to county taxpayers. Hopefully, the information contained herein will prove beneficial as both an educational tool and as a resource for use by all citizens who have a need to utilize the services of the Dickenson County Circuit Court Clerk's Office. If additional information is needed, please do not hesitate to contact the clerk's office at (276) 926-1616 or 1617.