Grand Jury, Docket Call, Case Scheduling

Terms of Court & Docket Information

Chesterfield Circuit Court Docket Procedures (PDF)

Grand Jury

  • Meets 6 times per year.

Criminal and Civil Terms begin

  • Tuesday following 3rd Monday in Jan.
  • 3rd Monday in March, May, July, Sept. & Nov.
    • Due to the mandatory Judicial Conference of Virginia, the Chesterfield Circuit Court’s May 2023 Term Day has been rescheduled to Friday, May 19, 2023 (instead of Monday, May 15, 2023). 

The pre-setting of all cases is strongly encouraged.


  • Criminal dockets generally convene at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Criminal docket call held every term day morning. 
  • 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. 
  • Hearings in civil cases are set with Judges' legal assistants.
  • For the most current Civil filing fees, please access the Civil Filing Fee Calculation tool.