Judith Trent, Hancock County Clerk & Master
JUDITH H. TRENT - 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
Nancy Crumley - 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
Rogersville, TN 37857
Phone - 423-272-4311
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.
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