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Clerk
Ms. Linda J. Moore

Phone Numbers
(804) 748-1231
(804) 748-1757 Fax

Internet/E-mail/Fax Filing
Filings are accepted via mail, courier or hand delivery.

NOTE: Filings will not be accepted via the Internet, e-mail or fax.


General District Court Clerk's Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays.


Mailing Address
P.O. Box 144
Chesterfield, VA. 23832

Street Address
9500 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA. 23832 

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General District Court - Court Day

You must appear in court on all criminal offenses, unless

  • you are charged with one or more pre-payable non-traffic misdemeanor offenses
  • have pre-paid the correct amount to the clerk
  • or your payment is received by the clerk before your trial date

Instructions 

  • Arrive at the courthouse well before your appearance time.
  • You should allow time to walk from the parking lots to the court building.
  • Pass through the metal detectors before going into the appropriate courtroom.
  • Once in the courtroom, stay in the courtroom until your case is called.
  • The clerks cannot check in the courtroom to see if your case has been called.
  • Depending on the size of the dockets, court can sometimes last all day.

Courtroom Etiquette

  • Dress appropriately.
  • Shirts and shoes are required.
  • No shorts, hats, or flip-flops.
  • Cell phones and pagers are not allowed in the courtroom. Please leave these items in your vehicle.
  • Once you are in the courtroom and court has started, please remain seated and quiet until your case is called.
  • If you have a child with you that starts to cry or becomes disruptive, please take them out of the courtroom.
  • If you are standing the hallway outside the courtroom, please conduct yourself in a quiet and orderly manner.

In the Courtroom 

Defendants  

If you are a defendant, listen for your name to be called and then promptly walk to the front of the courtroom to the judge when the clerk calls your case.

Witnesses

If you are a witness in a case, listen for the names of the defendant(s) in the case to be called and then promptly walk to the front of the courtroom to the judge when the clerk calls your case.

Failure to appear  

In criminal cases, if a defendant fails to pay the fine and court costs and fails to appear in court, a separate warrant may be issued against the defendant on the new charge of failure to appear.

  • The defendant then will have to stand trial on that charge, as well as the original charge.

Appeals  

  • You can appeal your conviction to Circuit Court within ten (10) days of the conviction date.
  • The ten-day period begins to run on the day following the conviction.
  • If the tenth day falls on a Saturday or Sunday or legal holiday or any day the clerk's office is closed as authorized by statute, the appeal may be noted on the next day the clerk's office is authorized to open.
  • The appeal may be noted by the defendant or his/her attorney.

Act on a disagreement with a judge’s decision (appeals)

You (or your attorney) may appeal the Judge’s decision to the Chesterfield Circuit Court.

Traffic and Criminal appeals

Traffic and Criminal appeals must be finalized in ten days (including weekends).

Civil appeals

Usually require the payment of a bond, along with the required Writ Tax to finalize the appeal to the Circuit Court

  • Must be noted within ten business days of the disposition
  • Must be finalized (bond and Writ Tax paid) within 20 additional business days 
  • Unlawful Detainers are the only exception to the 10/20-day rule
    • Must be noted and perfected within ten business days 
     
  • If the last day to finalize your appeal falls on a weekend or Holiday, you will have until close of business the next business day to finalize your appeal

Payment

Accepted forms of payment

  • Cash
  • Cashiers/certified checks
  • Checks from law firms (if issued on the firm’s trust account)

Unaccepted forms of payment

  • Bondsmen
  • Personal checks from litigants
  • Credit cards

Continue my case

  • The General District Court Clerk’s Office staff are unable to continue any cases.
  • All continuance requests are attached with the case papers.
  • A judge reviews and decides upon requests on the hearing date.

Submit continuance request

  • Fax – (804) 748-1757
  • Phone – (804) 748-1231

Check continuance request status

The Court will not contact you regarding your continuance request status.

  • Online (Supreme Court of Virginia)  
  • Phone (Clerk’s Office)
    • (804) 748-1231 (the day after your hearing) 

Continuances

  • All continuances are granted by Judge.
  • They can call back the day after their court date to see if the Judge granted their request  

Continuance Policy

Continuances are discouraged. They may be granted by the court, but only if good cause is shown.

 

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