The Clerk of the Circuit Court, Mrs Deborah Bingham is a constitutional officer elected to an eight-year term by the voters of the locality.
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.
Listed are some of the common duties:
In addition, our Court has appellate jurisdiction over all appeals from General District Court and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
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.
Our land records trace back to the 1600's in our record room, and are now accessible through the secure remote access online. The online records go back to 1979 and are available to the public for $50.00 per month. Please see the Download Section for the Agreement and Application.
Records can be found as earlier as 1600's in our record room.
You can request a copy of these licenses by calling, mailing or e-mailing in the name of the parties and date of marriage. Cost is $0.50 per page or $3.00 for a certified copy.
To apply for a Marriage License in Northumberland County, both parties must be present at the time of application and must have valid photo ID. The cost is $30.00 and the license is valid for only 60 days. License are ONLY valid in the State of Virginia.
You will need the following:
*** IMPORTANT: DO NOT SIGN YOUR APPLICATION UNTIL YOU ARE BEFORE A DEPUTY CLERK OF OUR COURT***
Wills are filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court by appointment. When coming to file, please remember to bring the following items:
Due to the complexity of divorces, there are no specific legal forms provided by the Virginia Supreme Court. To seek legal advice, please contact a licensed attorney or try one of the following:
Please go to www.courts.state.va.us to get forms such as:
Sheriff's Department-(804) 580-5221
Virginia State Police (Area 2)- (804) 333-3700
Commonwealth Attorney- (804) 580-4471
General District Court- (804) 580-4323
Juvenile & Domestic Court- (804) 580-6635
Tax Assessment Office- (804) 580-7612
Commissioner of Revenue- (804) 580-4600
April 23 (Term Day)
June 11 (MA Day)
July 23 (Term Day)
October 29 (Term Day)
December 3 (MA Day)