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The Circuit Court is the trial court with the broadest powers in Virginia. The Circuit Court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000. It shares authority with the General District Court to hear matters involving between $4,500 and $25,000. The Circuit Court has the authority to hear felonies.

The Circuit Court also handles family matters, including divorce. In addition, the Circuit Court hears cases appealed from the General District Court and from the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

There is a Circuit Court in each city and county in Virginia. Circuit Court Judges are appointed by the General Assembly for 8-year terms. 

28TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT 

 

TERMS OF COURT: Grand Jury-4th Tuesday in January, April, July and October

DOCKET CALL: Trials set by Praecipe on the 4th Tuesday in January, April, July and October

CIVIL CASES SET: Trials by Praecipe/Hearings by Judicial Assistant

CRIMINAL CASES SET: Trials and hearings set by Judicial Assistant

 

The Washington County Circuit Court Clerk's Office is commited to providing excellent customer service. Clerk's Office staff is prohibited by law from rendering legal advice or recommending specific ways to pursue legal action. If you feel you need the guidance or advice of an attorney, we suggest you contact someone licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For recommendation of an attorney you may contact the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service 1-800-552-7977 or www.vsb.org/vlrs. Nothing contained in this website is intended to advise anyone as to legal remedies for a particular circumstance.

 

CLERK OF COURT:HON PATRICIA S MOORE, CCCC
CHIEF JUDGE:HON SAGE B JOHNSON
JUDGES:HON DEANIS L SIMMONS, HON C RANDALL LOWE
JUDICIAL ASSISTANT:LORI SHAFFER  276-676-6260
DEPUTY CLERKS:Sara Bott, Gloria Edwards, Paula Johnson (CCDC), Barbara McCracken, Kathy Morefield, Rhonda Roop (ccdc) and Jamie Wright
CHIEF DEPUTY CLERK:Chrystal Ferguson (CCDC)

 

 

 

 

HOURS OF OPERATION:

8:30AM-5:00PM

(Recordation and reciepting close at 4:30pm)

MARRIAGE LICENSE ISSUED FROM:

8:30AM-4:30PM

CEREMONIES ARE NOT PERFORMED AT THE COURTHOUSE

 

FORMS OF PAYMENT ACCEPTED:

Cash, check (upon arrival), money

order, VISA and MASTERCARD

(bank card only). After 4:30PM,

this office accepts CASH ONLY