Clerk of Circuit Court

Circuit Court Clerk's Office

The Clerk of the Circuit Court is a constitutional officer and is elected to an eight-year term by the voters of the locality. The clerk handles administrative matters for the Court, such as managing the Court's docket and juries, processing all criminal files, and preparing, recording and maintaining court orders, subpoenas and pleadings. All Circuit Court suits and appeals from the lower court are filed and processed by the Clerk.

The Clerk has the authority to probate wills and grant administration of estates and serves as general record keeper for the county, recording deeds, deeds of trust, plats and other documents relating to real estate.

Other transactions and recordings processed by the Clerk's Office include:

  • Appointments, including ministers and notaries
  • Concealed weapon permits
  • Fictitious names
  • Financing statements
  • Judgments
  • Marriage licenses
  • Military discharges
  • Partnerships

Virginia's Judicial System

Please see the Supreme Court of Virginia's (SCV) website for information on the Virginia judicial system, information on jury service, and additional details concerning the Cumberland County courts.


The Clerk’s Office will be closed from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Friday, December 17th for their Christmas Luncheon