The Duties of the Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Superior Court for Watauga County in North Carolina has four main responsibilities:
- Record Keeper
As Judge, the Clerk of Court:
- Determines what documents meet legal requirements for a Will to be admitted to probate.
- Oversees administration of decedent's estates:
- appoints and qualifies personal representatives
- conducts hearings to remove personal representatives when asked by interested parties.
- Conducts hearings to appoint and remove trustees under all types of trusts when requested by interested parties.
- Conducts hearings to determine questions relating to administering trusts to include construction of trust instruments.
- Conducts hearings in mortgage foreclosures.
- Conducts hearings to declare persons incompetent.
- Oversees administration of estates of minors and incompetents.
- Conducts hearings for division of land.
- Conducts hearings for adoptions.
- Conducts hearings for:
- claim and deliveries of personal property;
- name changes;
- legitimations of parentage;
- selected matters for the Court involving civil cases;
- uncontested divorces.
As Administrator, the Clerk of Court:
- Coordinates Jury Duty summons in cooperation with the Sheriff’s office.
- Manages office employees who are responsible for assisting the public in filing and accessing the court records and papers, staffing the courtrooms and performing the many complex duties of the Clerk's office.
- Sets policies for operating the Clerk's Office and for conducting the duties of the Clerk's Office.
As Record Keeper, the Clerk of Court
- Is responsible for filing, processing, indexing and maintaining every paper filed in all of Watauga County's criminal courts, civil courts, domestic courts, juvenile courts and proceedings.
- Provides for public access to the court records and furnishes copies thereof.
- Is responsible to provide courtroom clerks for all sessions of court in Watauga County.
As Comptroller, the Clerk of Court
- Is responsible for receiving and disbursing funds each year that come from court fees, traffic citations, fines, etc to appropriate agencies.
- Is responsible for receiving, investing and disbursing assets for estates of minors and incompetents.