Juvenile and Domestic Relations / General District & Circuit
(804) 751-4714 (Main Courthouse)
(804) 706-2515 (Juvenile & Domestic Relations)
Court Security is one of the primary responsibilities of this section. Deputies actively patrol the grounds and interior of both courthouses as well as screen individuals entering for weapons and other prohibited items. Deputies are on hand for all court proceedings constantly monitoring for potential problems. Escorts on the courthouse grounds are provided upon request and initiated by deputies when deemed necessary for security reasons. These deputies are very knowledgeable about the functions of the various agencies within the courthouses and how they interact. These deputies are available to assist citizens during their visit to the courthouse. In addition, this unit provides for the safe detention of those inmates within the courthouse awaiting trial.
This unit is charged with serving all civil process and criminal warrants directed to them by the court system. View Chesterfield's Most Wanted. These papers include, but are not limited to, subpoenas, notices, orders, complaints and summonses for both civil and criminal cases. This section is also responsible for supervising evictions, levies, seizures and public auctions. Due to the nature of the job, these deputies find themselves, from time to time, committed to roles usually performed by police patrols, such as working traffic accidents and making traffic stops. This section is also involved in the Sheriff's Seniors-In-Touch program where they make regular contact with assigned senior citizens throughout the county. They check on their well-being and provide a friendly face for those who may not otherwise see one.
After a person is arrested, the law requires that they be taken before a judge to obtain information concerning their intent to have legal counsel and to have a bond amount established. This process is referred to as "pre-trial". Video pre-trial is an electronic means of conducting pre-trials of those persons in custody. Inmates are not physically transported to the courtrooms, but instead, live video images of them are transmitted to the courtroom and the courtroom proceedings are transmitted live to the detainee. The public is allowed into the courtroom for these proceedings. Video monitors in the courtrooms allow the public to be party to the entire proceeding. This video equipment is not limited to use for inmates of the Chesterfield County Jail, but for an ever-growing number of jurisdictions within the Commonwealth. This will help eliminate the cost of excessive and lengthy transports to and from other correctional facilities as well as enhance public safety by not removing the inmate of the secure jail facility.