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Criminal - Fines, Court Costs, and Payment Instructions
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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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Criminal - Fines, Court Costs, and Payment Instructions
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Court Costs

When an individual is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in the Circuit Court, court imposed fines, costs and/or restitution (i.e., court debt) will be assessed against the defendant.

  • All court costs are assessed in accordance with the Code of Virginia.
  • Court debt is due at the time of sentencing unless the defendant enters into a payment plan agreement approved by the Court or Clerk’s Office.

An individual who does not promptly pay or enter into a payment plan agreement to pay court debt will be subject to the following:

  • A judgment will be entered against the defendant if costs are not paid the same day.
    • All judgments will be docketed against real estate, thereby creating a lien on the defendant's real property in the land records. 
  • Interest will accrue on the balance due beginning 41 days after conviction or at the end of any period of incarceration imposed for the related charges.
  • Unpaid balances are reported to the Department of Taxation for collection purposes and a collection fee is assessed.
    • Your employer may be contacted to garnish your wages until the debt is paid in full.
    • After proper notice, any state tax refund and lottery proceeds due the defendant will be sent to the Clerk's Office to pay toward the debt.  
  • Notification is sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles for suspension of the defendant's operator's license after 30 days.  


Payment Types Accepted 

Payment Instructions  

Payments for court debt may be made online, in person, by phone or by mail.

  • If payment is mailed and a receipt is desired, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
  • Checks and money orders should be made payable to Chesterfield Circuit Court and should include a phone number.
  • Never send cash payments by mail.  
  • Always indicate clearly to which account (case number and defendant name) payment is to be credited.