Every four years, the voters of each county in the State of North Carolina elect a Clerk of Superior Court. A Johnston County native, the Honorable Will R. Crocker, was elected Clerk of Superior Court for Johnston County in 1978. Mr. Crocker served as an Assistant Clerk of Court from 1967 until 1978 and prior to that served as Clerk of Selma Recorder Court from 1959 until 1967. Mr. Crocker graduated from Pine Level High School and attended East Carolina University in Greenville. Mr. Crocker believes that the Clerk of Superior Court's Office is a resource for the public. "We are a servant of the people, our office is here to help everybody that walks through our doors. We work for the tax payers."
The Office of Clerk of Superior Court is both an administrative and a judicial office. As ex officio Judge of Probate, the Clerk of Superior Court has exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills and the administration of estates of decedents, minors and incompetents. The Clerk also hears a variety of Special Proceedings such as adoptions and condemnation of private lands for public use. The Clerk of Superior Court is responsible for all clerical and record keeping functions of the District and Superior Courts and has all powers and duties conferred on the Superior Court by statute. The Clerk's role even extends to County Government as the Clerk fills a vacancy on the County Board of Commissioners when the board itself does not fill it.
The Johnston County Clerk of Superior Court's office employs 31 Assistant and Deputy Clerks. The office is divided into nine separate divisions. While it is a function of the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court to serve the public in connection with legal matters, employees of the Clerk's Office cannot give legal advice. Nonetheless, it is the goal of the Office of Clerk of Superior Court to be as helpful as possible to all persons seeking its services.
Criminal Filings Division
The main office for the criminal filings division is located on the ground floor of the Johnston County Courthouse Annex, 207 East Johnston Street, Smithfield, North Carolina. In this office you may request a criminal record check, find out a trial date for criminal trials, or get information on pending charges.
If you have questions that can be addressed by a Criminal District Court Clerk, you may call 919-209-5400.
If you have questions that can be addressed by a Criminal Superior Court Clerk, you may call 919-209-5400.
Civil Filings Division
Within this division you may file all documents related to small claims, district general civil, district domestic, and superior court civil. This office is on the ground floor of the Johnston County Courthouse Annex, 207 East Johnston Street, Smithfield, North Carolina. In this office you may file all civil actions, such as divorces, small claims, and District and Superior Court civil claims.
If you have questions that can be addressed by a Civil Clerk, you may call 919-209-5400.