Catch Up With The Clerk – January 30, 2024

Hello Buncombe Bar! On this week’s edition of Catch Up with the Clerk, I will go over criminal superior court. Our Superior Court Criminal Assistants are Shannon Rhodes and Jeff Smith.

Shannon started at the clerk’s office in 1996 and was promoted to be an assistant in 2006. She is married and has two daughters and the sweetest English Bulldog named Otis. She is native to Asheville. Jeff started at the clerk’s office in 2007 and was promoted to be an assistant in 2015. The majority of his l time these days is spent hanging out with his wonderful niece, Indira, who is eleven and in the sixth grade; he and his wife, Kerrie, have been her legal guardians since she was three. He enjoys traveling, golfing, attending live sporting events, and watching TV.

Our criminal court clerks have two basic positions: courtroom clerks and record room clerks. While these are two simplistic categories, they encompass a wide variety of duties.

Duties of the courtroom clerk include taking minutes, handling evidence, assist in jury selection, administer oaths, and enter and process judgment. Record room clerks take filings, probation violations, enter indictments into the system, and handle and maintain the storage of court files.

The criminal clerks maintain relationships with many courthouse agencies such as pretrial services, sheriff’s department, probation and parole, the justice resource center, public defender’s office and the DA’s office. These relationships are integral to the functioning of our criminal courts here in Buncombe County.

I will continue to have drop-in hours every Monday from 11:30-1. If you would like to see me but are not available at that time, please email me at or call/text me at 828-713-5289. I look forward to seeing you all March 1, when the Bar is hosting the “Practicing in Front of the Clerk” CLE at 12 p.m. in courtroom 2C.

Catch up with you next week!

–              Jean Marie Christy