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Court clerks help the state courts run efficiently. They:
- Maintain court dockets and records,
- Take care of administrative matters, and
- Serve as goodwill ambassadors to the public.
The Appellate Court Clerk, who is based in Nashville, is appointed by the Supreme Court for a 6-year term. The appellate court clerk oversees the chief deputies and deputy clerks who serve each division.
Circuit Courts clerks also serve as General Sessions Court clerks in counties that do not have General Sessions Court clerks. They are elected in each county, for 4-year terms. Clerks also are elected in counties that have Probate and Criminal Courts.
In Chancery Courts, the clerk is called a “Clerk and Master”, who is appointed by the Chancery Court judge for a 6-year term.