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Case Scheduling Procedures
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Clerk of Court
The Honorable Wendy S. Hughes

Phone: (804) 748-1241

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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.

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

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

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

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

Street Address
9500 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Case Scheduling Procedures

Terms of Court and General Information

Grand Juries

  • 1st day of Criminal Term at 9 a.m.

Criminal and Civil Terms begin 

  • Tuesday following 3rd Monday in Jan.
  • 3rd Monday in March, May, July, Sept. & Nov.


  • Criminal dockets generally convene at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Criminal docket call held every term day morning.
  • Criminal appeals scheduled the 1st and 3rd Tuesday (morning and afternoon) and every Friday (morning only).
  • Criminal cases set through Commonwealth's Attorney on designated days.


  • Civil docket call generally held every Monday afternoon (or as assigned) for the presiding duty Judge's cases.
  • Civil trials and most hearings are set with Judges' legal assistants.
  • Civil appeals will be scheduled for the presiding Judge's duty docket call.

The pre-setting of all cases is strongly encouraged.

Circuit Court Docketing Procedures