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Decision 2018-Circuit Court Clerk

Katherine Mink

Circuit Court Clerk Candidates


Job Description

Tennessee places the judicial power of the state in one Supreme Court and several other lower courts, which state legislature creates including circuit and chancery courts. Accordingly, the state constitution instructs chancellors to appoint the clerk and master for six-year terms while Circuit Court Clerks are elected at the regular August election occurring every four years and coinciding with the governor’s election for a four-year term.

The Circuit Court Clerk’s office, located on the second floor of the courthouse, sees a steady stream of visitors as it prepares all dockets for court and maintains court files and services for the county. This office also stays consistently busy renewing information to all active files, calculating all court costs for all cases receipting court’s costs and fines paid into the courts by defendants and disbursing funds to appropriate agencies and individuals. Collecting and distributing child support, approving property bonds set by commissioners or judges for defendant released from incarceration, and performing criminal background checks for those seeking criminal information are all on the list.