The Clerk of Superior Court is elected for four years and must be a resident of the county in which he or she is elected. Unlike clerks of court in other states, the Clerk of Superior Court in North Carolina has numerous judicial functions.
As judge of probate, the Clerk has exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills, and the administration of estates, including appointing personal representatives, auditing their accounting, and removing them from office if necessary. The Clerk also presides over many other legal matters including adoptions, incompetency proceedings, condemnation of private lands for public use, and foreclosures. The Clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the district and superior court. In addition, the Clerk receives and disburses money collected each year from court fees and fines.
Elisa Chinn - Gary
was elected as Clerk of Superior Court in November, 2014 and took office on December 1, 2014. She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1999 and The University of North Carolina School of Social Work in 2000. Prior to her term as Clerk, Ms. Chinn - Gary worked as a Juvenile Defender and Attorney Advocate for Guardian Ad Litem. She served for 13 years as the Family Court Administrator in Mecklenburg. She is the recipient of the 2014 Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award and the 2010 Raising the Bar Award.