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Sullivan County Tennessee

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Circuit Court Clerk

Contact Information:
Sullivan County Department of Circuit Court Clerk
Sullivan County Justice Center
140 Blountville Bypass
Blountville, TN 37617
Phone: (423) 279-2752
Fax: (423) 323-3741

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Below is a copy of the Order issued by the Supreme Court in regards to the operation of the courts. We are following this order as set out. Our offices are open for usual business such as filing and paying fines and costs.

Bobby L. Russell
Circuit Court Clerk
Sullivan County, TN
P.O. Box 585
140 Blountville Bypass
Blountville, TN 37617

Office Hours

8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday – Friday except designated holidays.

Circuit Court Clerk

Phone: (423) 279-2752
Fax: (423) 323-3741

Responsibilities of Circuit Court Clerk

The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office courteously serves the people of Sullivan County by maintaining court records and resulting funds in a professional, efficient manner in accordance with the law of the state of Tennessee and the Federal Government.


City Hall Building

Phone: (423) 224-1724

Fax: (423) 246-1924

Kingsport, TN 37660


Kingsport Justice Center

Phone: (423) 224-1711

Phone: (423) 224-1730 (Juvenile)

Fax: (423) 224-1766

200 Shelby Street

Kingsport, TN 37660



Bristol Justice Center

Phone: (423) 652-1030 (Law)

Phone: (423) 764-2163 (Juvenile)

Phone: (423) 989-4352 (Sessions)

Fax: (423) 968-1138

Responsibilities of Circuit Court Clerk

The Circuit Court Clerk of Sullivan County maintains a Circuit, Law, General Sessions and Juvenile Court system.

The Clerk’s Office is responsible for the management of all complaints, petitions, summonses, orders and other documents relating to lawsuits or criminal actions filed in the court; the collection, receipt, and accounting for litigation taxes, fines, fees, and restitutions as ordered by the courts; the issuing of warrants, executions, subpoenas and other documents as assigned by law; the preparations of reports to the County and State of Tennessee; and the disbursement of funds to litigants, the County, and the State of Tennessee.

The Clerk’s Office is responsible for processing the work of the Grand Jury, billing for jury and witness fees, maintaining the daily minutes for all courts of record, cataloging and securing of all exhibits and preparation of all appeal records for transfer to appropriate courts.

The Clerk in the General Session and Juvenile Courts schedules all cases including traffic violations for the court dockets, maintains paperwork and collects fines and costs relating to the cases.

Child support issues can be both civil and criminal in nature. The records are maintained by the Clerk in the appropriate court.

Bristol Docket Sounding / October 8, 2019 @9am / Judge Moody / January 2020 Term

Kingsport Docket Sounding / October 8, 2019 @ 1:30pm / Judge McLellan / January 2020 Term


Citizens may receive by mail a summons for jury service in the Circuit, Law or Criminal Courts.  These prospective jurors are drawn from a current list of Sullivan County drivers and property owners.

Tennessee Code lists requirements for jurors as United States citizenship, residency in Sullivan County for twelve months preceding call for jury service, and 18 years of age or older.

The Tennessee Legislature amended jury service requirements January 1, 2009.  Reasons for exemption from jury service are now very stringent but not difficult if the instructions on the summons are followed. 

The Deputy Jury Coordinator has the authority to excuse a person from jury service prior to their reporting for orientation based on the following reasons: those who are convicted felons, those who no longer reside in Sullivan County, those who have a medical condition that prevents them from serving, those whoe are self-employed or paid commission only, or those who have served on a jury in the last two years are exempt with the receipt of the appropriate paperwork. The Judge of the court may also excuse a juror from jury service on the day of orientation.

Jurors may postpone their jury service one time, however.  If postponement is granted the juror will be required to serve the next time a summons is received. To request a postponement, a Juror may call the Deputy Jury Coordinator at (423) 279-2711. Requests for exemption for other issues such as medical excuses, financial hardship information or other documents concerning jury service can be faxed to (423) 323-3741. If you wish to email the Deputy Jury Coordinator, please send your information to:

Failure to respond to a jury summons could result in contempt of court and a penalty up to five hundred dollars ($500), plus court costs.

Sullivan County Courthouse

3411 Hwy 126

Blountville, TN 37617


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