Clerk & Master

The Clerk & Master of Smith County is the clerk for Chancery Court and Probate Court serving under the honorable Chancellor C. K. Smith. The Clerk & Master is committed to serving the people of Smith County with the utmost courtesy, professionalism and efficiency.

Clerk & Master

The Clerk & Master’s office files and maintains all of the records for the Chancery Court and Probate Court. The Clerk & Master’s office is also the office where delinquent property taxes and delinquent sewer taxes are sent for collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chancery Court?

Chancery Court is a court of equity presided over by the honorable C. K. Smith, Chancellor. He is the chancellor for the 15th Judicial District of Tennessee comprised of Smith, Jackson, Macon, Trousdale, and Wilson counties.

What are some of the types of cases tried in Chancery Court?

There are a wide range of cases tried in Chancery Court. We handle divorces, adoptions and legitimations, worker’s compensation, conservatorships and guardianships, land disputes, name changes and several other types of cases.

What are some of the types of cases tried in Probate Court?

Probate Court includes the opening and closing of estates, opening small estates, appointing executors and administrators, filing inventories and other matters related to the administration of estates.

When is court held?

Chancellor Smith holds court in Trousdale County (Hartsville) every first and third Friday of each month for matters lasting fifteen minutes or less. These “motion days” are designed to handle many motions in a single day and covers all five counties under Chancellor Smith’s jurisdiction. Chancellor Smith is in Smith County three times a year: the first full week of February, June, and October for trials lasting a half day up to several days.


Business Hours

8 AM - 4 PM
8 AM - 4 PM
8 AM - 4 PM
8 AM - 4 PM
8 AM - 4 PM


322 Justice Drive, Suite 105
Carthage, TN 37030

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