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Tazewell County, Virginia Overview

Tazewell County is a county located in the state of Virginia. The county was formed in December 20, 1799. Named after Henry Tazewell, the county seat is Tazewell and it has a population of 41,095 as of 2017. The county has a total area of 520 square miles, with its land area encompassing 519 square miles, and its water area 1.1 square miles. The county consists of 18 ZIP codes, with ZIP code 24605 recorded as the one with the largest population. Moreover, Tazewell County borders the following counties: Mercer County, West Virginia to the east, and; Buchanan County, Virginia to the west.

Tazewell Clerk of the Circuit Court Information

The Circuit Court

The circuit court is the trial court of general jurisdiction in Virginia, and the court has authority to try a full range of both civil and criminal cases. Civil cases involve disputes essentially private in nature between two or more parties; criminal cases are controversies between the Commonwealth and persons accused of a crime. Only in a circuit court is a jury provided for the trial of many of these disputes and controversies.

The Virginia circuit court system is composed of 31 judicial circuits with 120 separate circuit courts in the various counties and cities of the Commonwealth. The Supreme Court of Virginia establishes the rules of practice and procedure for the circuit courts, and the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court serves as the administrator of the circuit court system.

Judges and Clerks

A circuit court judge is elected for an eight-year term by a majority vote of both houses of the General Assembly. If the General Assembly is not in session when a vacancy occurs, the Governor temporarily appoints a judge (interim appointment) to serve until the General Assembly meets again and can elect a judge for a full term. There are at least two judges serving each circuit and as many as 15 serving in larger circuits. The chief judge of the circuit is elected by majority vote of the judges serving the circuit. Circuit court judges are required to reside in the circuit they serve and must have been admitted to the Virginia Bar at least five years prior to election or appointment.

The clerk of the circuit court is a constitutional officer elected to an eight-year term by the voters of the locality. The clerk handles administrative matters for the court and also has authority to probate wills, grant administration of estates, and appoint guardians. The clerk is the custodian of the court’s records, and the clerk’s office is where deeds are recorded and marriage licenses issued.

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Terms begin, 2nd Tuesday, Jan., Mar., May, July, Sept., & Nov.
  • Grand Juries, 1st day of Term.
  • Court convenes 9:00 a.m. unless presiding Judge shall designate some other hour.
  • Commissioners in Chancery utilized in land title cases only.
  • Misdemeanor appeal day begins the day following Term Day.

Below is the physical address of the Clerk of the Circuit Court:

Tammy Allison, Clerk of the Circuit Court
135 Court Street, Suite 202
Tazewell, VA 24651-1071
Phone: (276) 385-1222
Fax: (276) 988-7501

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