March 17, 2020

In an effort to comply with the current health precautions, this office will be observing the following procedures:

  • All deeds, pleadings, filings and handgun permit applications shall be left in the drop box located in the lobby. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of documents.

  • Record searches shall be done online. Please call to receive access information.

  • Marriage licenses shall be issued by appointment.

  • Criminal payments shall be made online at VJOPS (Virginia Judicial Online Payment System).

Thank you for your cooperation and please forgive the inconvenience. You may contact us at (757) 787-5776.

Samuel H. Cooper, Jr., Clerk


The Circuit Court of Accomack County is the county's court of general jurisdiction, established by the General Assembly of Virginia. Its primary mission is to provide an effective, efficient, fair and open forum for adjudication, under the law, of every sort of civil and criminal controversy that can be decided in the courts of the county.


The Clerk of Circuit Court is one of five constitutional officers elected by citizens of the county. In Virginia, the office dates from 1619. The Code of Virginia provides for over 800 responsibilities for the Clerk of Circuit Court, but his or her chief responsibilities include serving as recorder of deeds, deciding certain issues of probate, issuing marriage licenses, creating court records, and certifying and archiving all records of the circuit courts and other records as provided by law. Accomack County’s current Clerk of Circuit Court, Samuel H. Cooper, Jr., was elected in November 1983. 


The Commonwealth of Virginia has a long and proud history of providing citizens with full access to records maintained by public officials. The public records room of the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court has upheld this history since 1663 by providing the technology and staff by which any citizen may search the following records: