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Clerk of Court
The Honorable Wendy S. Hughes

Phone: (804) 748-1241

Email Uscircuitcourtclerk@chesterfield.gov
This email account is intended for general inquiries only. For specific case-related inquiries, please call the Clerk’s Office during public service hours to speak with a staff member in the appropriate division.

The Court does not accept case-related filings via the Internet, e-mail or fax.
Filings are accepted via mail, courier or hand delivery.

NOTE: The Court does not accept case-related filings via the Internet, e-mail or fax.

Public Service Hours
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Recording Hours
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday

NOTE: Recording hours are subject to change in the event of inclement weather or holiday closings. Filing parties are encouraged to call the Clerk's Office in advance to ascertain any deviation from normal recording hours.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 125
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0909

Street Address
9500 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Parking - Parking is permitted in any area except those that are gated, marked "reserved," or designated for jurors. There is no fee for parking.

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About the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office

The Circuit Court Clerk is charged with more than 800 statutory responsibilities that fall into one of the following three areas:


Act as Custodian of Court’s records  

  • Manages filings, pleadings and other case records lodged with the Court and Clerk’s Office.
  • Ensures members of the judiciary are provided case-related information needed to conduct court proceedings.
  • Criminal cases
    • provides assistance to
      • law enforcement
      • corrections officials
      • prosecutors
      • defense counsel
      • defendants
      • general public
    • issue arrest documents/legal process to be served on
      • defendants
      • witnesses
      • grand jurors
  • Lends overall judicial support by
    • maintaining and disposing of civil and criminal evidence
    • receipting criminal fines and court costs
    • collecting and disbursing restitution on behalf of crime victims
    • investing and distributing monies on behalf of civil litigants or third-party beneficiaries
    • Providing statistical data, case-related information and court documents to
      • state, local and federal agencies
      • citizens
      • attorneys
      • litigants
      • media

Inquiries concerning existing policies, procedures and records access should be directed to the Clerk's Office, which serves as the clearinghouse for court rulings and general case information.


Serves as

  • Probate Judge
    • Admits or denies wills probate
    • Qualifies executors, administrators, guardians, and/or conservators
  • Register of Deeds
  • Maintains all land records
  • Records deeds, deeds of trust, real estate liens and releases, and other documents Other transactions and recordings processed include
  • judgments
  • financing statements
  • fictitious names for businesses
  • marriage licenses
  • concealed handgun permits
  • variety of oaths and/or appointments including
  • ministers
  • notaries
  • local Commission members
  • Board members
  • law enforcement officers

Other duties

  • Required by statute to permanently preserve and archive the official records of the Court, in addition to probate (estate), real estate, and a vast array of other county records
  • Maintains records dating back to 1749, the year of the county's inception


Fiscal responsibilities of the Clerk's Office include

  • the maintenance and investment of trust and condemnation funds
  • the collection of
  • court fines/costs
  • restitution
  • civil filing fees
  • real estate transfer fees
  • recordation taxes
  • other fees authorized by statute

The Clerk's Office annually generates millions of dollars in revenue for both the state and county. Such monies are used to fund citizen services of all types, while fines and costs collected in criminal cases produce a significant revenue stream for funding the prosecution and incarceration of criminal defendants.

Please contact the Clerk's Office for further information.

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