A Clerk of the Superior Court for each county shall be elected by the qualified voters thereof, to hold office for a term of four years, in the manner prescribed by Chapter 163 of the General Statutes. The clerk, before entering on the duties of his office, shall take the oath of office prescribed by law. If the office of Clerk of Superior Court becomes vacant otherwise than by the expiration of the term, or if the people fail to elect a clerk, the Senior Resident Superior Court judge for the county shall fill the vacancy by appointment until an election can be regularly held. In cases of death or resignation of the clerk, the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, pending appointment of a successor clerk, may appoint an acting Clerk of Superior Court for a period of not longer than 30 days.

The Clerk of Superior Court is an elected official responsible for performing several roles regarding the local administration of justice. The Clerk is elected in a partisan election for a four-year term and must be a resident of the county in which he or she is elected. The Clerk is responsible for all administrative, clerical and record-keeping functions of the district and superior court. In addition, the Clerk receives and disburses money collected each year from court fees and fines.

Unlike clerks of court in other states, the Clerk of Superior Court in North Carolina has numerous judicial functions as well. As judge of probate, the Clerk has exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills and the administration of estates, including appointing personal representatives, auditing the accounting of those representatives, and removing them from office if necessary. The Clerk also presides over many other legal matters including adoptions, incompetency and guardianship proceedings, condemnation of private lands for public use, and foreclosures.


Jason Tuttle - Stokes County Clerk of CourtAs the Stokes County Clerk of Superior Court, Mr. Tuttle is committed to building a court system that is accessible, fair, efficient and responsive. He leads a staff of 13 employees who are responsible for maintaining all case records, and collecting monies on behalf of the courts. He sits as judge in a wide range of estate and special proceeding matters.

Mr. Tuttle has been a life long resident of Stokes County; he has one daughter Tristan.

Mr. Tuttle graduated from South Stokes High School in June of 1987, and went on to Forsyth Technical Community College to pursue his career as a Law Enforcement Officer.

Mr. Tuttle was elected Clerk of Superior Court by the people of Stokes County in 2006.

Prior to becoming Clerk of Court, Mr. Tuttle worked for the Stokes County Sheriff’s Department from 1990 till 2006. During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Department he worked as a Jailer in the jail from 1990 till 1992. He then became a patrol Deputy until 1996 when he was promoted to a Detective. He served in that capacity until he was elected Clerk in November 2006.