- Circuit Court
In observance of Memorial Day our office will be closed Monday, May 29th. We will reopen Tuesday May 30th at 8:30AM.
Honorable Teresa Hash Dobbins
Clerk of the Circuit Court
The Clerk of Circuit Court is a constitutional officer elected every eight years. The Clerk serves the citizens of the County of Powhatan. The current Clerk of Court, Teresa Hash Dobbins, has served since 2014.
The Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court dates back to the 1700s. From that time to the present, the Clerk’s duties have changed significantly, but the office remains vitally important to the citizens of the county and each city.
The Code of Virginia lists more than 800 responsibilities of the Clerk, many of which are complex and challenging. The Clerk serves as the recorder of deeds and probate judge, issues marriage licenses and fictitious names, and is the official court administrator for all civil and criminal court cases. In this latter capacity, the Clerk creates and maintains all court files and records, prepares court orders and jury lists, contacts jurors and issues summons and court processes.
Circuit Court Clerks in Virginia perform duties that in many states are divided among three or four separate offices. Virginia has chosen to combine judicial and administrative functions into a single office--saving citizens significant tax dollars.
3880-C Old Buckingham Road
Powhatan, Virginia 23139
Rene M. HolyChief Deputy Clerk
Lisa Z. HaldDeputy Clerk, Criminal Division
Tiffani ShaheenDeputy Clerk, Criminal Division
Darlene E. TylerDeputy Clerk, Land Records
Genia MorrisonDeputy Clerk, Civil Division
Vince WhittakerDeputy Clerk, Passport Division