Circuit Clerk


Michelle R. Schoppert

The Clerk of the Circuit Court is elected by the voters of each county of West Virginia to carry out administrative functions and to act as record-keeper for circuit court actions in that county. The office of the clerk is authorized by Article 8, Section 9 of the West Virginia Constitution. The term of office for the circuit clerk is six years.

 Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as the Clerk to the Circuit and Family Court.
  • Issue process (as a writ) in the course of court proceedings.
  • Issue final process to enforce and execute judgments.
  • Appoint a guardian ad litem where required.
  • Respond to other requests that do not require a court order.
  • Responsible for all papers filed in the office; serve as registrar, recorder and custodian for all pleadings, documents, funds and records pertaining to cases filed in circuit court and family court; including civil and criminal actions, court appointments, custody, child support, divorce, domestic violence, domestic violence appeals, expungements, felonies, misdemeanors, foreign support, forfeiture, infant settlement, jury duty, juvenile cases, juvenile and adult guardianships, magistrate appeals, mental hygiene, name changes and restitution payments.
  • Responsible for the administration and management of the petit and grand jury systems in the county.
  • Create the master list of prospective jurors; select panels for attendance, qualify and summon jurors; provide juror orientation, and monitor jurors’ attendance and mileage.
  • Serve as fee officer of the court.
  • Report various statistics to other governmental agencies.
  • Appoint deputy clerks subject to the review of the court and/or county commission.

Legal Advisory

The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Berkeley County cannot provide legal advice or recommend legal counsel. CONSULT AN ATTORNEY or CALL Tuesday Legal Connect at 1-800-642-3617.

Public Information

  • Divorce Information is available in-person at the Circuit Clerk’s office upon presentation of photo identification for parties in the case. If unable to visit the Circuit Clerk’s office in person, a notarized letter of authorization, including a notarized copy of photo identification, is required.  All Orders are public knowledge.
  • Juvenile Case Information is available from the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of Berkeley County
  • Public records on file with the Berkeley County Circuit Clerk’s Office are available to view on computer terminals at no charge during regular office hours. Fees are charged for photocopies of public records.