Clerk of Court

Traci Johnson
Photo credit: Jay Diem 
Clerk of Court, the Honorable Traci  L. Johnson with the oldest continuous records in the U.S. dating back to 1632. 

 THE HONORABLE TRACI L. JOHNSON, CLERK

The Clerk of the Circuit Court is a Constitutional Official and is elected by the voters of the locality  for a term of eight years and every Circuit Court in the Commonwealth of Virginia is a court of record.  The Clerk of Court is responsible for administration of the Northampton County Circuit Court through a variety of judicial, non-judicial and fiscal activities.
Judicial functions include processing all criminal and civil cases coming before the Court, providing staff to the Judge during all trials and hearings.
In addition, the Clerk's staff prepares records, maintains court orders, subpoenas and pleadings, and manages the Court's docket and juries. 
The Clerk of Court is charged with the custody, safekeeping and proper indexing of legal and quasi-legal papers deposited in her office.

The Clerk's Office is responsible for filing of all civil suits; docketing and filing of criminal actions; filing divorce suits; and filing adoption petitions. Additional services provided by the Clerk's office includerecording land records and plats; probating wills; issuing hunting and fishing licenses; processing notary public applications; issuing marriage licenses; recording military discharge forms (DD-214's) and assumed business names.

It is the duty of the Clerk to assign a deputy clerk to each courtroom to assist the Circuit Court Judge in carrying out each day's activities. 

The Clerk's fiscal responsibilities are to provide for the maintenance and investment of Trust and Condemnation funds, as well as collection of court fines, real estate transfer fees, recordation taxes, and other fees authorized by statute.

In 2003, Traci Johnson became the first woman elected to the office of Circuit Court Clerk in Northampton County, Virginia. 


Oldest Continuous Court Records in America


We are the home of the Oldest Continuous Court Records in America! Continuous from 1632 through today! 

We encourage visitors and genealogists to come and research these national treasures. 
Records room is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays.

Exploring the Oldest Continuous Court Records in America (3MB)(PDF)


To learn more about the Oldest Continuous Court Records and the Historic Court Green, please visit our Historic Court Green in Eastville page. 



WBOC's Charles Paparella visits the historic court house in Northampton County, Virginia, to see how the past and the founding of this country are being maintained.

Department Staff Information

Hon. Traci L. Johnson, Clerk

Northampton County Circuit Court
5229 The Hornes
P.O. Box 36
Eastville VA 23347-0036

Office: 757-678-0465
Fax: 757-678-5410

tljohnson@vacourts.gov


Susie B. Sample
Deputy Clerk
Land Records

ssample@vacourts.gov


Lauren M. Brown 
Deputy Clerk
Civil Division

lambrown@vacourts.gov


Connie H. Wilson
Deputy Clerk
Financial and Probate

cwilson@vacourts.gov


Link to Virginia Judicial System
Information and Forms:
www.courts.state.va.us