Practicing Before The Clerk CLE


March 1, 2024    
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Bookings closed


Buncombe County Courthouse
60 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC, 28801

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Join the Clerk’s office for a CLE that will provide practical information to attorneys about the role of the clerk within the court system. It will also outline the role of the clerk as a hearing officer and ex officio judge of probate. The CLE will take place in Courtroom 2C in the historic section of the Buncombe County Courthouse.

The agenda:

12:30-12:40 Introduction

The roles of the clerk:

  1. Judge
  2. Administrator
  3. Record Keeper
  4. Comptroller
  5. Manager/Supervisor (Assistant v Deputy distinction)


Buncombe County Office overview:

  1. 65 total employees, between the two buildings
  2. Overview and location of various departments (what we’re doing and responsible for, and who to contact in case of a question or issue).
  3. Ground Floor (new building) Cashiers station, District Courtroom 1A
  4. 2nd floor (new building) Jury lounge, Helpmate/ DV office, District Courts 2A and 2B
  5. 3rd floor (new building) District Courts 3A and 3B
  6. 1St floor (historic courthouse) main Clerk’s office (admin), Special proceedings and Civil record room, bookkeeping, adoptions, criminal district, and superior records
  7. 2nd floor (historic courthouse) estates/probate, special proceedings courtroom, IVC, micrographics, small claims
  8. 3rd floor (historic courthouse) Family Court, Courtrooms 3 C and 3D
  9. 4th floor Juvenile Court and courtroom

1:15-1:30 Points of Contact

  1. Neekou Gardner, Assistant Clerk, Special Proceedings hearing officer, 828-259-66362
  2. District Courtroom Clerk’s, Natalie Morgan, 828-259-6372
  3. Criminal Records Brooke Hazel 828-259-6388
  4. Superior Courtroom Clerk’s-Shannon Rhodes 828-259-6370
  5. Bookkeeping Beth Coy 828-259-6353
  6. Estates Scott Coates 828-259-6399
  7. Small Claims RJ Harvin 828-259-6422
  8. IVC-Janet Watson 828-259-6406
  9. Family Court and Juvenile Kelly Watkins 828-259-6412
  10. Diane Jamerson-Jury Services-828-259-6407
  11. Civil Filing, Kathryn Hansen, 828-259-6364
  12. Civil Record Room-Brenda Davis, 828-259-6365

 Presenter Jean Marie Christy took office of Clerk of Superior Court on April 1, 2023. Prior to that, she was an assistant public defender here in Buncombe County. She has been licensed to practice law since 2019. In addition to her love of public service, she loves reality tv and her goldendoodle, Frank.


Bookings are closed for this event.