The Circuit Court Clerk's Offfice is now open to the public.
Persons desiring entry to the Clerk's office shall be subject to temperature check and health care screening. All unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals over age 2 (users and employees) shall wear masks to cover their nose and mouth consistent with guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Virginia Department of Health, and the Governor's Executive Orders. Physical distancing requirements for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated persons shall remain in effect and capacity restrictions will be employed to ensure adequate distancing.
Wills and probate may proceed by appointment according to the Clerk's protocol.
Appointments are not required for closings but may be subject to capacity restriction to ensure proper physical distancing.
**Please make sure the document has all the necessary information and the check is correct. You can check the recording amount online at www.courts.state.va.us, look for Circuit Court Deed Calculation.
We are now scanning all recordings as they come in so the Secure Remote Access (SRA) will be up to date. Please remember to review Unverified Documents to see the recorded items that have not been verified.
It is the duty and mission of the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Northumberland County to provide a wide range of services to the public, judicial system, County Government and other agencies.
We provide these services with pride, honesty, professionalism and efficiency while providing a spirit of friendliness and cooperation.
As a public service forum for our community, it is our goal to provide an independent, accessible, and responsive environment for the just resolution of disputes, both criminal and civil, in order to preserve the rule of law, and to provide the highest quality of customer service to the citizens of Northumberland County.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court, Mrs. Deborah Bingham is a constitutional officer elected to an eight-year term by the voters of Northumberland County.
The Circuit Court is the trial court with the broadest powers in Virginia and has authority to try a full range of both civil and criminal cases. In civil cases, the court has concurrent jurisdiction with the General District Court over claims from $4,500 to $25,000 and exclusive original jurisdiction over almost all claims exceeding $25,000. The Circuit Court also has jurisdiction over divorce cases, disputes concerning wills and estates, and controversies involving real property. In criminal cases, this court has jurisdiction over the trial of all felonies (offenses that may be punished by commitment to the penitentiary) and of those misdemeanors (offenses carrying a penalty of not more than 12 months in jail) on appeal from district court or originally charged in circuit court. Only in a circuit court is a jury provided for the trial of many disputes and controversies.
The Clerk's office handles a variety of duties including administrative matters for the court, recorder of deeds, custodian of court cases, public services, custodian of historic records including preservation, and official record keeper of election ballots.
In addition, our Court has appellate jurisdiction over all appeals from General District Court and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.