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The court that most people have contact with is the general district court. The general district court handles most traffic violations. The general district court also hears minor criminal cases known as misdemeanors and conducts preliminary hearings for more serious criminal cases called felonies.

General district courts have exclusive authority to hear civil cases with claims of $5,000 or less and share authority with the circuit courts to hear cases with claims between $5,000 and $25,000. Examples of civil cases are landlord and tenant disputes, contract disputes and personal injury actions.

There is a general district court in each city and county in Virginia. General district court judges are elected by the General Assembly for 6 year terms.

Honorable W. G. Barkley
Honorable R. H. Downer, Jr.*≈
Honorable D. Durrer
Honorable C. Stokes, Jr.

*Chief Judge
≈Presiding Judge


Continuance Policy

In Civil - first continuance granted by Clerk upon request of Plaintiff or Plaintiff Attorneyif all parties agree.

In Traffic - first continuance granted by Clerk or Commonwealth Attorney, if not more than 30 days. Second traffic continuance and continuances in all other cases granted by Judge on motion.


Court Schedule


  • All Bond Hearings
    Mon. Tues. Thurs. Fri., 10:00 a.m. Wed 9:00 a.m.
  • Felony Preliminary Hearings
    Thurs., 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
  • Misdemeanor Trials
    Mon. & Fri., 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
  • Bad Checks
    2nd & 4th Mon., 11:00 a.m.


  • Docket Call
    Tues., 1:00 p.m.
  • Small Claims
    Tues., 3:00 p.m.
  • Contested Civil Trials
    Monday and Friday by appointment


  • Felonies
    Thurs., 1:00 p.m.
  • Traffic Infractions
    Tues. & Thurs., 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
  • Misdemeanors
    Tues. & Thurs., 9:00 a.m & 10:30 a.m. 

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