W. Randolph Carter, Jr.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
The Clerk of the Circuit Court is a Constitutional Official and is elected to serve an 8-year term by the voters of the locality. Every Circuit Court in the Commonwealth of Virginia is a court of record. The Clerk of Court is charged with the custody, safekeeping and proper indexing of legal and quasi-legal papers deposited in his office. The Clerk's Office is responsible for the filing of civil suits; docketing and filing of criminal actions; filing divorce suits; and filing 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. Dept. of State and accepts passports applications on its behalf. It is the duty of the Clerk to assign a Deputy Clerk to each courtroom to assist the Circuit Court Judges in carrying out each day's activities.
Office Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Cash Registers Close at 4:30pm - No monetary transactions after 4:30pm. In most cases, acceptable methods of payment are cash, checks, money orders, or credit cards.
Passport applications processed 8:30am - 3:30pm
Marriage License Applications processed 8:30am - 4:00pm
Closed on State Holidays
NOTE: The Clerk and his staff may not give legal advice. In many cases, we do not have nor provide forms. We have no authority to speak for the Judge or to predict or interpret his decisions. We strongly advise all litigants to seek legal advice.
You may also find helpful the VA Judicial System Court Self Help website at: http://selfhelp.vacourts.gov/
Circuit Court Clerk's Office
150 North Main Street
P.O. Box 1604
Suffolk, VA 23434
W. Randolph "Randy" Carter, Jr., Clerk
Cynthia E. Robertson, Chief Deputy Clerk
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The Suffolk Circuit Court Clerk's Office is located in the Mills E. Godwin Courts Building. Cell phones, smart watches or similar devices are NOT allowed in the building.
Freedom of Information Act – Important Information
In accordance with Virginia Code Sections 2.2-3704.1 and 2.2-3704.2, the following information is provided:
Suffolk Circuit Court Clerks’ Office FOIA Officer: W. Randolph Carter, Clerk. Telephone contact (757) 514-7800
All requests for documents should be requested through the Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA) at: http://www.suffolkva.us/foia/ or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Please review entire Chapter 37 of Title 2.2 of the Code of Virginia for exclusions related to records maintained by the Clerk of Circuit Court especially as it relates to §2.2-3703 A (5). (The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the records required by law to be maintained by the clerks of the courts of record, as defined in §1-212, and courts not of record, as defined in §16.1-69.5. However, other records maintained by the clerks of such courts shall be public records and subject to the provisions of this chapter.)