Clerk of the Circuit Court
The Suffolk Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is closed to the public. Business is being conducted by phone, mail, e-file, drop-box and appointments. Please call the Suffolk Circuit Court Clerk’s office for assistance.
Suffolk Circuit Court will be open and the Court will hear selected matters. Please see order here.
Standing order for Pending Jury Trials here.
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:
- Filing civil suits
- Docketing and filing of criminal actions
- Filing divorce suits
- Filing adoption petitions
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-214s)
Passport Acceptance Agent
The Clerk is also an acceptance agent for the U. S Department of State and accepts passports applications on its behalf.
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.
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 (FOIA)
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
- All requests for documents should be requested through the Freedom of Information Act Office.