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.

Contact Information

Continuance Policy

In Civil - first continuance granted by Clerk upon request of Plaintiff or Plaintiff Attorney if 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
     Thurs., 1:00 p.m.
     Traffic Infractions
     Tues. & Thurs., 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
     Tues. & Thurs., 9:00 a.m & 10:30 a.m.