Duties of the Clerk's Office

The Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court, in addition to all the duties and powers conferred upon clerks of the Court in general and in addition to various other special duties and powers is "authorized to perform all the functions of Masters in Chancery unless restrained by the provisions of law" according to T.C.A. § 18-5-1.03. Thus, he or she is the Clerk and Master.

The duties of a Clerk are almost exclusively clerical and the powers of the clerk are strictly defined by law, or by Orders of the Court. A Clerk exercises no judicial functions and has little discretion. The Master, on the contrary, is a judicial officer and is clothed with many powers of the Chancellor himself.

The Tennessee Constitution, Article VI, Section 13, provides that the Clerk and Master is appointed for a term of six years by the Chancellor of the county. (T.C.A. §8-18-1.01).

The Clerk and Master and each of his or her deputies must take an oath of office stating that they will support the Constitutions of the United States and of the State of Tennessee.

We will endeavor to assist the public in every manner and by all means available to us. However, please be aware that: In accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated, §16-3-8.04 (b), no employee of the state court system shall engage, either directly or indirectly, in the practice of law. This includes making legal referrals, performing legal research or giving legal advice.