Court Clerks ensures the efficient operation of state courts by maintaining dockets and records, handling administrative matters and serving as goodwill ambassadors to the public. The responsibilities and duties of the Court Clerk served an important role in the operation of the court system. The clerk attends sessions of court with all the papers in the cases on the docket. The Clerk usually keeps minutes of the Court. That can be done in well-bound book or by electronic format so long as certain rules relating to the safe-keeping of the records are followed. The clerk deals with voluminous paperwork and the storage and retention of documents are important considerations. When a case is appealed from a court of record, the clerk compiles the record needed for the appeal, and it is extremely important that the records of the clerk’s office be well organized and accurate.
The clerk maintains the rule docket and execution docket in which all court judgments or decrees are entered in order of rendition by the court and in which all receipts and disbursements in a case are entered. The clerk collects state and county litigation taxes, criminal injuries compensation tax, county expense fees, funds for the impaired driver’s trust fund, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation fees, misdemeanant jail per diems, fines, sheriff’s fees, clerk’s fees, witness fees, judgments, restitution, other taxes and other items of court costs. The clerk prepares bills of costs in cases, account for these monies and make collection efforts when these amounts are unpaid. The clerk collects fees for their office according to the clerk’s fee statute and other applicable statutes.
The clerk maintains a general ledger to account for and summarize the cash transactions of the office and issue receipts for all collections. The clerk often serves in a fiduciary capacity to invest funds held for third parties. Additionally, the clerk may collect support, including alimony and child support, pursuant to court orders and the general law.
The clerk also writes and issues state and civil warrants, subpoenas, show cause orders and jury duty notification.
* The court clerk has an official duty to attend meetings of the state court clerk’s conference unless the clerk is otherwise officially engaged or is unable to attend for good and sufficient reasons. T.C.A. 18-1-501 et seq.
Barbara Jean Williams is a life long resident of Union County and a 1972 graduate of Horace Maynard High School. Barbara was elected as Circuit Court Clerk in 2002. Prior to her election she worked in the Union County School System for 22 years as Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper.
Barbara and her husband, Ralph, have been married since December of 1975. Ralph is a Vietnam Veteran and owns and operates an excavating/trucking business. They have five children and eight grandchildren between them. They reside in Maynardville and are members of Hubbs Grove Church. Barbara is the daughter of Mrs. Ida Mae Monroe of Maynardville and the late John R. Essary of Tazewell.
Barbara is very active in her community and is presently a member of County Officials Association of Tennessee, a member of the State’s Court Association of Eastern Tennessee, a member of Leadership Class 2004, a member of the Business & Professional Association, member of the Union County Cancer Relay for Life, coordinator of the annual UCHS Veterans Day Program and named Union County’s Woman of the Year for 2008. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading and gardening.
Union County Circuit, General Sessions, and Juvenile Court Clerk
901 Main Street, Suite 201
Maynardville, TN 37807
Phone (865) 992-5493
Fax (865) 992-8099
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm