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

Take Note

Fee Changes as of 7/1/2020

Due to legislation passed by the 2020 General Assembly, as of July 1, 2020, the following fee changes will be in effect:

Deed Book and Plat Book Recordations: Recording fees increase by a total of $4.00 ($2.00 preservation fee; $2.00 VA Outdoors Foundation fee). See Chapter 69 for details.

Will Book Recordations: Recording fees increase by $2.00. See Chapter 623 for details.

This notice is provided as a courtesy only. It is not intended to serve as a comprehensive summary of 2020 legislative changes. Legislative actions can be reviewed via the Virginia General Assembly’s Legislative Information System.

Public Advisory - Telephone Scam Alert

Audio-Visual Upgrades in Chesterfield Courts – Input Requested

With the assistance of many departments and agencies, Chesterfield Courts are making progress on a project to upgrade audio-visual technology in all 17 courtrooms.

Official Public Notice - 2020 Proposed Constitutional Amendments (DOC)

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.