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Clerk of Court
The Honorable Wendy S. Hughes

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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.

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

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 125
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0125

Street Address
9500 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Phone: (804) 748-1241

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

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

 
Circuit Court Clerk
Circuit Court Clerk - Common Civil Actions

Restricted or Restored Operator's License 

A petition for a restricted or restored operator's license must be properly prepared in accordance with the Code of Virginia and Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court.

Petitioners will be required to set a hearing with the secretary of the assigned Judge. The Judges' Chambers may be reached at (804) 748-1333.


Divorce  

In order to initiate a divorce, it is necessary to file the proper pleadings prepared in accordance with the Code of Virginia and Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court.

As there are no initiating forms available in the Clerk's Office, it is recommended that you consult an attorney.


Wills and Estates  

In the event a civil suit is necessary to resolve issues pertaining to an estate:

The proper pleadings must be prepared in accordance with the Code of Virginia and Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court.

If a hearing is necessary, parties will be required to set a hearing with the secretary of the assigned Judge. The Judges' Chambers may be reached at (804) 748-1333.

Click here for information regarding the probate process.


Guardian Appointment  

Family members may find it necessary to have a guardian and/or a conservator appointed to handle the affairs of an incapacitated individual.

The proper pleadings must be prepared in accordance with the Code of Virginia and Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court.

Parties will be required to set a hearing with the secretary of the assigned Judge. The Judges' Chambers may be reached at (804) 748-1333.

Once a hearing has been held and an order has been entered, the party named as a guardian and/or conservator cannot act in this capacity until he/she is officially qualified by the Clerk. Guardians and/or conservators are qualified through the Probate Division.

At the time you schedule a hearing with the Judge, it is suggested that you also contact the Probate Division at (804) 748-1241 to schedule an appointment for qualification. Schedule permitting, every effort will be made to accommodate parties on the same day of the hearing, provided the court order has been entered.


Property Disputes  

Suits involving property disputes can be very complex; therefore, it is strongly recommended that you consult with an attorney.


Appointment of Church Trustees  

Appointment of church trustees is confirmed by order of the Circuit Court.

A request for trustee appointment may be initiated by a letter on church letterhead or by petition from an attorney or applicant. If a petition is presented, a court order should also be presented for entry.

The application must be accompanied by a copy of the meeting minutes in which the trustees were elected.

For initial filings, a copy of the church discipline or by-laws should be included.


Encumbrance and Conveyance of Church Property 

A petition must be filed by the church trustees requesting permission to sell, encumber, make a gift, exchange, or settle boundaries.

There are no initiating forms available in the Clerk's Office. The proper pleadings must be prepared in accordance with the Code of Virginia and Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court.


Adoptions  

An adoption proceeding is very complex; therefore, it is strongly recommended that you consult with an attorney. Please be advised Clerk's Office staff cannot offer legal advice or assist you in the preparation of legal pleadings.

Adoption files and proceedings are always handled in the most confidential manner. Therefore, no information will be released over the telephone. Adoption files are only made available for review under very specific circumstances. Clerk's Office staff is available to assist you in this regard.


Name Changes 

In order to initiate a name change, a petition/application must be prepared and filed in accordance with the Code of Virginia and Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court.  A form application is available on the Supreme Court of Virginia’s web site