Clerk and Master
Jessie Goad is the Smith County Clerk and Master. She was appointed by Chancellor C. K. Smith to serve as the clerk of the Chancery Court. Jessie is a Smith County native, resides in Bagdad, Tennessee with her husband Mark, on Holliman’s Southern Cross Farm, a Tennessee Century Farm. Her previous employment includes 30 years of service with a local law firm as a paralegal and banking.
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.
322 Justice Drive, Suite 105
Carthage, TN 37030