Accounting & Cost Collection

Accounting Information

Responsibilities


The Circuit Court Clerk Office of Accounting is responsible for making sure the accounting records are kept in compliance with all rules and regulations of the State of Tennessee. The Circuit Court accounting records are audited by the state to ensure that we are following all rules and regulations accordingly. This office follows up on all courts to ensure that the funds are going out to the proper recipients. The accounting staff makes sure that all cases and general ledgers are in balance, disperses monies, reconciles banks, processes month end and sends reports and funds to the trustee. We do a fiscal year end and provide annual financial reports to the county commission. 

Judicial Hospitalizations


The judicial hospitalizations are also processed and sent to the state on a daily basis.
 

Funds Held


Any funds that the judge orders to be held by the court is maintained thru the accounting office and appropriately invested and dispersed per judge order. Any funds that are unclaimed are turned over to the state each year as required.
  

Jury Compensation


This office is also responsible for the compensation of all Blount County Jurors. Jurors are compensated $10 a day for their service. Once their service is concluded, each juror can expect to receive a check in a timely manner.
 

Accepted Method of Payment


We do not accept personal checks, third party checks, or antedated checks more than 30 days. Individuals may pay with a cashiers check, money order, debit/credit card or cash. We do accept corporate, state and government checks. All garnishment funds are held for twenty (20) days. Monies available for distribution are processed and mailed in a timely manner each week, with the exception of holidays.

At the end of the day, our service to the citizens of Blount County is of the utmost importance..

Cost Collection


It is the duty of the Circuit Court Clerk to collect all court costs. The Cost Collections department was formed in 1998 to ensure that the court costs owed by defendants were being paid, to assist the defendants in a payment arrangement that would help them to accomplish getting their fines and cost paid in a timely matter; also to ensure that the burden was not placed on the tax payers of Blount County.

 

Purpose

  •  Bill and collect court costs on all cases from Circuit and General Sessions Court
  • Research and collect all outstanding costs
  • Work with the defendants to make sure that all payments are being paid in a timely manner
The collection department has collected over nine (9) million dollars in court costs since 1998. 

Legal Advice


Deputy Clerks cannot give legal advice. They will file your paperwork, but they cannot advise you on what action you should take. You should consult an attorney for legal advice.

Payment Policy


We do not accept personal checks. Individuals may pay with a cashiers check, money order, credit/debit card or cash.
  

After Hours Payment Information


For your convenience in making payments, Kiosk machines are located in the jail lobby (24 hour access) and at the Blount County Probation Office.