Circuit Court Clerk

Notice Regarding Face Coverings, Remote Hearings and COVID-19 Screenings

Unless fully vaccinated pursuant to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, persons present in the Circuit Court should wear a mask. Others may wear a mask or face shield if desired.  

The Sheriff’s Office will verbally screen all individuals entering the courthouse for COVID-19 illness symptoms.

If anyone is turned away due to screening results who is also a participant in a hearing, the Sheriff’s Office will immediately advise the presiding judge. Such persons may still participate in a scheduled hearing by remote technologies from outside the courthouse at the discretion of the presiding judge.

The Court can conduct remote hearings as appropriate. Please visit the Remote Appearances webpage for complete information and view the Motion for Remote Hearing Form (PDF).

Please noteA presiding judge may adjust these provisions as deemed necessary.

Courts’ Response to COVID-19

Visit the Courts' Response to COVID-19 webpage. View the Declaration of Judicial Emergency ordered by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Current Information Regarding Court Operations and Public Services

Orders of Publication and Other Public Notices

View the Orders of Publication and Other Public Notices webpage.

Public Advisory - Telephone Scam Alert

Please view the public advisory regarding the Telephone Scam Alert (PDF).

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:

  1. Judicial
  2. Non-judicial
  3. Fiscal

Judicial

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
  • 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.