Jurisdiction of Circuit Court

  • Monetary disputes involving more than $4,500 (concurrent jurisdiction with the General District Court for civil actions up to $25,000 and for personal injury or wrongful death up to $50,000)
  • Civil/equity cases, such as
    • divorces
    • appointments of Guardian/Conservator
    • name changes
    • adoptions
    • property disputes
    • estate and Will disputes


When filing a civil case in the Circuit Court, the filing party is responsible for ensuring that all pleadings are prepared in accordance with the Code of Virginia and Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court.

For the most current Civil filing fees, please access the Civil Filing Fee Calculation tool.

Fee Schedule

After reviewing the Civil Fee Schedule please feel free to contact the Civil Division should you have questions.

Payment Types Accepted


Unlike the two District Courts, the Circuit Court does not typically provide "forms" for use by litigants in filing civil suits. Hence, it is strongly recommended that the services of an attorney be employed when filing a civil action at the Circuit Court level.

NOTE: Clerk's Office personnel are strictly prohibited from providing legal advice


To request an interpreter for a civil case, submit a written request three to four weeks prior to the hearing/trial with the following information:

  • Date
  • Case number
  • Style/Name of case (Plaintiff vs. Defendant)
  • Name of party for whom interpreter is needed and their relation to the case (Plaintiff, Defendant or witness)
  • Language required
  • Date, time and duration the interpreter is needed
  • Name, address, phone number of requesting attorney or party

Interpreter for the Deaf Request Form