Circuit Court Clerk

SPECIAL NOTICE:  

All persons aged ten (10) and older must wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth when entering the Chesterfield Courthouses.  It is expected that visitors will supply their own face covering; however, the Courts will provide disposable masks for those visitors who do not have their own.  Individuals without a face mask will not be permitted to enter the courthouse except for those who cannot safely wear a face mask because of a health-related condition.

The Court can conduct remote hearings as appropriate.  Please see the information published below with dates for April 15-16, 2020, as well as Remote Appearances for complete information.

Beginning Wednesday, April 8, 2020, the Sheriff’s Office will initiate temperature screening of visitors at the main entrances of both courthouses as a condition of entry.  

Screeners will be masked and gloved.  If anyone is turned away for having a temperature at or above 100 degrees 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 telephone from outside the courthouse AT THE DISCRETION OF THE PRESIDING JUDGE.

Courts’ Response to COVID-19 Coronavirus

See information regarding the Declaration of Judicial Emergency ordered by the Supreme Court of Virginia

Current Information Regarding Court Operations & Public Services



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.