CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT DESCRIPTION The Clerk of the Circuit Court is required by 15.2-1600 of the Code of Virginia and the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The Clerk of Court is charged with the custody, safekeeping, and proper indexing of legal and quasi-legal papers deposited in the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk's Office is responsible for the filing of civil suits, docketing and filing of criminal actions, and the filing of divorce suits and adoption petitions. Additional services provided by the Clerk's Office include recording land records and plats, probating wills, administering various oaths' of office, issuing marriage licenses, recording military discharge forms (DD-214's), and recording assumed business names. The Clerk is also an acceptance agent for the U.S. Department of State and accepts passports applications on its behalf. FY 2019 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Achieved compliance with internal control and operations in accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts standards and state laws, regulations, and policies.
Collected taxes and fees associated with the legal recordation of land records and completed turnaround of documents within 24 hours of presentation.
Secured grants to aid in the conservation of historical records.
Indexed, imaged, and made land records from 1866 to 1973 available electronically.
FY 2020 OBJECTIVES
To provide direct administrative support to the judges in court proceedings with 100% accuracy. (Civic Engagement and Responsive City Services)
To collect taxes and fees associated with the legal recordation of land records and complete turnaround of documents within 24 hours of presentation. (Financial Stability)
To perform all 800 plus mandated duties placed upon the Clerk of Court within the guidelines established by the Code of Virginia. (Civic Engagement and Responsive City Services)
STATISTICS/PERFORMANCE MEASURES Criminal Cases commenced Civil Cases commenced Wills/Estates initiated Judgments Deed/Land Instruments Finance Statements Fictitious Names Marriage License Notary Qualifications Concealed Handgun Applications Restitution Passport Applications
CY 16 Actual 2,955 1,124 415 6,286 14,879 183 414 409 345 1,625 1,652 1,356
CY 17 Actual 2,734 1,207 400 5,672 14,842 217 432 399 296 1,622 1,671 1,371
CY 18 Actual 3,245 1,150 408 5,682 13,765 229 410 408 318 1,732 1,921 1,429 105