Circuit Court Clerk
Notice Regarding Face Coverings, Remote Hearings and COVID-19 Screenings
All persons (ages 5 years or older) are required to wear a face mask and/or face shield that covers the nose and mouth for entry into and circulation within the Circuit Court.
The Sheriff’s Office will verbally screen all individuals entering the courthouse for COVID-19 illness symptoms.
If anyone is turned away due to screening results who is also a participant in a hearing, the Sheriff’s Office will immediately advise the presiding judge. Such persons may still participate in a scheduled hearing by remote technologies from outside the courthouse at the discretion of the presiding judge.
Please note: A presiding judge may adjust these provisions as deemed necessary.
Courts’ Response to COVID-19
Current Information Regarding Court Operations and Public Services
- Circuit Court Order (PDF), effective Thursday, July 1, 2021.
- Updated J&DR Public Notice (PDF), published Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
- General District Court Order (PDF), entered Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
- Motion for Remote Hearing (PDF), published Thursday, April 16, 2020. (Form for use in Chesterfield Circuit Court, General District Court, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.)
About the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
The Circuit Court Clerk is charged with more than 800 statutory responsibilities that fall into one of the following three areas:
Act as Custodian of Court’s records
- Manages filings, pleadings and other case records lodged with the Court and Clerk’s Office.
- Ensures members of the judiciary are provided case-related information needed to conduct court proceedings.
- Criminal cases
- provides assistance to
- law enforcement
- corrections officials
- defense counsel
- general public
- issue arrest documents/legal process to be served on
- provides assistance to
- Lends overall judicial support by
- maintaining and disposing of civil and criminal evidence
- receipting criminal fines and court costs
- collecting and disbursing restitution on behalf of crime victims
- investing and distributing monies on behalf of civil litigants or third-party beneficiaries
- Providing statistical data, case-related information and court documents to
- state, local and federal agencies
Inquiries concerning existing policies, procedures and records access should be directed to the Clerk's Office, which serves as the clearinghouse for court rulings and general case information.
- Probate Judge
- Admits or denies wills probate
- Qualifies executors, administrators, guardians, and/or conservators
- Register of Deeds
- Maintains all land records
- Records deeds, deeds of trust, real estate liens and releases, and other documents Other transactions and recordings processed include
- financing statements
- fictitious names for businesses
- marriage licenses
- concealed handgun permits
- variety of oaths and/or appointments including
- local Commission members
- Board members
- law enforcement officers
- Required by statute to permanently preserve and archive the official records of the Court, in addition to probate (estate), real estate, and a vast array of other county records
- Maintains records dating back to 1749, the year of the county's inception
Fiscal responsibilities of the Clerk's Office include
- the maintenance and investment of trust, equity, and condemnation funds
- the collection of
- court fines/costs
- civil filing fees
- real estate transfer fees
- recordation taxes
- other fees authorized by statute
The Clerk's Office annually generates millions of dollars in revenue for both the state and county. Such monies are used to fund citizen services of all types, while fines and costs collected in criminal cases produce a significant revenue stream for funding the prosecution and incarceration of criminal defendants.
Please contact the Clerk's Office for further information.