Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court

JDR Courthouse
  1. Who We Are
  2. What We Do

12th District Judges

  • Hon. D. Gregory Carr
  • Hon. David Rigler
  • Hon. Jayne A. Pemberton
  • Hon. Scott D. Landry, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Vanessa L. Jones
  • Hon. M. Duncan Minton, Jr.

Clerk of Court

Laura Gardner Griffin

The 12th Judicial District is comprised of Chesterfield County AND the City of Colonial Heights; therefore, the six 12th District judges serve both localities. All six judges hear cases in Chesterfield Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday each week, one judge hears cases in Colonial Heights, leaving the remaining five judges to hear cases in Chesterfield.

Each locality has its own Clerk’s Office.

  • For more information on the Chesterfield J&DR District Court’s docket, please visit Supreme Court of Virginia’s website.
  • For more information on Colonial Heights J&DR District Court, please contact their Clerk’s Office at 804-451-0213.

Juvenile and domestic relations district courts differ from other courts in their duty to protect the confidentiality and privacy of juveniles and their families who have legal matters before the court. In addition, it

  • protects the public and holds the delinquent juveniles accountable
  • considers services needed to provide for rehabilitation
  • does not conduct jury trials
  • protects all parties’ constitutional rights

Court personnel are not lawyers and are not permitted or allowed to offer legal advice. Legal questions should be addressed to competent attorneys only.

Each juvenile and domestic relations district court has a clerk’s office that

  • Processes all case papers
  • Keeps court records
  • Provides information to the people involved in a case (to the extent permitted by law)

Anyone wishing to make a witness appear at a court hearing may request the issuance of a subpoena (PDF) (a document used to require a person to come to the court hearing) at the court clerk’s office.

Note: While court personnel are not permitted to offer legal assistance, they can provide general procedural information. Because of confidentiality laws, the clerk’s office can often only provide very limited information about a case and only to those people involved with the case.

Every Judicial District in Virginia also has a Court Service Unit (CSU). The CSU provides

  • intake services for all domestic-related issues and proceedings for juveniles
  • juvenile probation supervision
  • juvenile parole supervision

The 12th District Court Service Unit works closely with the Chesterfield and Colonial Heights J&DR District Courts.