Washington County
Government
Administrative Building
116 Adams St.
PO Box 1007
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252-793-5823
Fax: 252-793-1183
Email: jbennett@washconc.org

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Clerk of Court
Location/Contact/Operations

Location:
Washington County Courthouse (Offices 1st floor & Courtroom 2nd floor)
120 Adams Street
Plymouth NC 27962

Phone:
Ph. (252) 791-4000
Fax (252) 791-4001
E-mail denise.m.moulden@nccourts.org

Hours of Operations:
8–5 Monday – Friday, except during holidays

Personnel
Denise Moulden
Clerk of Court
Phone: (252) 791-4000
Email: denise.m.moulden@nccourts.org
   
Carol Hall
Deputy Clerk
Phone: (252) 791-4000
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Jean Warren
Deputy Clerk
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Brenda Sawyer
Deputy Clerk
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Linda Mizell
Deputy Clerk
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Aimee Daniel
Deputy Clerk
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Mabel James
Assistant Clerk
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Keith Phelps
Assistant Clerk
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W.B. Blackburn
Magistrate
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Robert E. Leigh
Magistrate
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Patricia Davenport
Magistrate
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Micki Dail
Magistrate
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Who We Are & What We Do

There are 100 Clerks of Court in the state of North Carolina—each elected from one of the 100 counties. The Clerk of Court's term of office is four years.

The Clerk is a judicial official whose primary responsibility is to maintain the official court records in both the District and Superior courts as well as implement the laws passed by the North Carolina General Assembly. The office is guided by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) in Raleigh who supply all necessary forms, office supplies and equipments for the Clerk's office. the County must furnish the office space and the furniture for the Clerk and staff members.

The Clerk's office is the official record keeper for the courts. All lawsuits, civil actions, criminal, proceedings or other matters brought before the Court are filed in the Clerk's office. These records must be secured and maintained in a safe place not only for current use but for reference purposes and future examinations of all proceedings involving a person or persons. Maintaining a criminal history on someone is one purpose while having records available for genealogical study is another. No matter what the purpose, all records must be exact and factual when processed and filed by the Clerk.

The Clerk is the Judge of Probate and has exclusive jurisdiction in the probate of wills and settlement of a deceased person's estate. The Clerk also receives and invests money on behalf of a minor who has no parent or guardian or when instructed by the Court to receive money on behalf on the minor due to a court settlement or litigation.

The Clerk's office provides a depository for people to place their will for safekeeping at no charge. Also, many Clerk's offices are the official passport office for their county.

Their are many services provided to the citizens of each county by their Clerk of Court. I have attempted to to list some of the more frequently used services below. For additional information about the court system and its operations, visit the State of North Carolina's official Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) website listed in the Links section below.

Filing of all civil actions, issuance of warrants, orders for arrest, summonses, show cause orders, and subpoenas. Probate of wills, adoptions, name changes, guardianships, trusts, foreclosures, condemnations, boundary disputes, incompetency determinations, partition of land, estate administration and many other proceedings.

Fees/Schedules

Please contact Clerk's office for current court schedules.

All Fees and costs related to the Clerk's office are set by the N.C. General Assembly and can be ascertained by contacting the Clerk's office prior to filing any papers or documents.

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