Circuit Court Clerk

Washington County Circuit Court

George Jaynes Justice Center
108 W. Jackson Blvd., Jonesborough, TN 37659

Brenda Downes,
Circuit Court Clerk 
Phone: (423) 753-1736

The Circuit Court Clerk's role in the Tennessee Court System is very broad. Most of it is outlined in Title 18 of the Tennessee Code Annotated. Some duties include but are not limited to:
  • Attending court sessions;
  • Administering oaths in absence of the judge;
  • Keeping court minutes;
  • Maintaining dockets of court judgments and decrees and indexing those;
  • Investing funds and collecting litigation taxes;
  • Retaining, preserving and filing in order all civil case documents.

In Washington County, Circuit Court Clerk Brenda Downes has civil and criminal jurisdiction. She works with a total of six judges. She is clerk for Circuit, Criminal, General Sessions and Juvenile courts, and also oversees jury service.