Clerk of Superior Court
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.

Martha Curran has served as Clerk of Court in Mecklenburg County since elected in 1990. She graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1979. Prior to her term as Clerk, Ms. Curran worked for four years in the private practice of law, and five years as a legal officer and assistant clerk in the Clerk of Court's Office.