Judith Trent - Hancock County Clerk & Master


Hancock County Courthouse 
1237 Main Street, Suite 104 
P.O. Box 347
Sneedville, TN 37869 

(Phone) 423-733-4524 (fax) 423-733-2762


Chelsea Seal - Deputy Clerk

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; Closed Saturday & Sunday


Douglas T. Jenkins, Chancellor

107 East Main Street
Suite 301
Rogersville, TN 37857

Phone - 423-272-4311


The Chancery Court is a Trial Court of general original jurisdiction of all cases of an equitable nature, where the debt or demand exceeds fifty dollars; and every matter of equitable cognizance above said amount is presumed to be within its inherent jurisdiction as a Court of Equity. Established by the Constitution of the State of Tennessee, the Chancery Court has original jurisdiction as a Court of Equity.

Established by the Constitution of the State of Tennessee, the Chancery Court has original jurisdiction over certain other matters, as assigned to it by the legislature, some of them exclusively, others concurrently with the Circuit Court. The Chancery Court collects and distributes child support, collects delinquent property taxes for the county, probates estates and administers conservatorships and investment of litigant funds paid into the court's registry. The Clerk and Master is the principal administrative aide to the Chancery Court, docket maintenance, revenue management, maintenance of court minutes, official communication, and various other court-associated duties.

The Clerk and Master files civil matters in Chancery Court including probate matters and collects delinquent taxes. Pursuant to Local Rules, probate matters require representation by an attorney.


Effective August 1, 2015, court begins at 10:00 a.m.  Chancery Court no longer has docket soundings. Court cases can be scheduled with the Clerk and Master's office (423-733-4524). All jury trials and multi-day trials MUST be set by the Chancellor's office. Confirmation of the court date must be sent to both offices, either by order or letter. If you have problems getting a case scheduled, please call the Clerk and Master's office to set it for a pre-trial conference.

       Judith H. Trent, Clerk and Master was appointed in October, 2006 by Chancellor Thomas R. Frierson.  Prior to her appointment, she served as Deputy Clerk and Master for 17 years.  She is married to Jim Trent.  They have one son, Jesse Trent. 

      Judi is a member of the East TN Court Clerks' Assn., and Tennessee State Court Clerks' Assn., County Officials Assn. of TN , and TN of  Property Tax Professionals. She served as  President for East Tennessee Clerks' Association in 2009-2010, also Clerk of the Year for East TN Court Clerks' Assn. in 2009-2010 and was Secretary of the East Tennessee Court Clerk's Association in 2015-2016.

       She was designated a Certified Public Administrator in 2007 through the County Officials Training Program and re-certifies each year following at least 16 hours of training.


 Local Rules of Court may be found here: Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts