Clerk of Circuit Court
The Clerk of the Circuit Court is a constitutional official that is
elected to an eight-year term by the voters of Smyth County. The Clerk is
charged with more than 800 statutory responsibilities that include judicial
and non-judicial duties.
The Clerk provides administrative support for Circuit Court by preparing,
recording, and maintaining court orders, subpoenas, and pleadings. The
Clerk's Office also manages juries, disposal of evidence, collection of
criminal fines and costs.
Inquiries concerning the Court's procedures and policies and the records
should be directed to the Clerk's Office, which serves as a repository for
the Court's records. 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, litigants, attorneys, and the
Non-judicial duties include the authority to probate wills, grant
administration of estates, appoint guardians, issue marriage licenses,
concealed handgun permits. The Clerk acts as the Register of Deeds by
recording all deeds, deeds of trust, real estate liens, releases and powers
The Clerk's Office generates substantial revenue for the state and county
The Clerk acts as the county archivist by maintaining records of the
Court, real estate, probate and numerous other county records. Records
management is an immense and critical responsibility of the Clerk's Office
due to the volume and types of records. The Clerk's Office maintains records
dating back to 1832, the year of the county's formation. Efficient operation
of the Clerk's Office is critical to the business climate in Smyth County.
Frequently, there are fee changes for the Circuit Court. Please refer to the Supreme Court of Virginia's website, Circuit Fees page (www.courts.state.va.us), to obtain the current fees.