Do I Need a Lawyer?
Guardians ad litem
The court appoints a guardian ad litem (a lawyer who represents the juvenile’s best interests) to represent all juveniles alleged to be
- Abandoned, neglected, or abused,
- The subject of either an entrustment agreement (in which the parents give up their parental rights and transfer care and custody of the juvenile to an agency)
- The subject of a court proceeding to terminate residual parental rights (for all rights and responsibilities to the juvenile), or whose parents desire to be relieved of care and custody
The court also appoints a guardian ad litem for adults who are
- Mentally ill
- Intellectually disabled
Adults and juveniles may waive attorney representation.
- Juveniles and their parents must knowingly waive representation in writing.
- The judge must agree that this waiver is consistent with the interests of the child.
- If the juvenile is charged with an offense that is a felony, then the juvenile must consult with an attorney and both must sign a waiver to be filed with court records of the case.
- The court must find that this waiver is made free and voluntarily.
Obtaining a lawyer
Those who want to hire a lawyer and have not had time to do so must consult with the Clerk’s Office. Please see the Court’s continuance policy (PDF) regarding what is considered good cause to grant a continuance.
Resources to help you find a lawyer:
The right to be represented by a lawyer in this court extends to:
- Juveniles involved in delinquency cases
- Juveniles alleged to need services
- Juveniles alleged to need supervision
- Abused and neglected juveniles
- A juvenile who is the subject of
- an entrustment agreement
- a request for relief of custody
- a parentage controversy
- Adults before the court on criminal charges
- Adults faced with loss of their parental rights or charged with child abuse or neglect
- All other persons the court decides require a lawyer’s services, based on certain legal requirements
Jennifer NicelyClerk of Court
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District CourtPhysical Address
7000 Lucy Corr Boulevard
Building Number 7
Chesterfield, VA 23832
7000 Lucy Corr Boulevard Building Number 7 Chesterfield VA 23832
Phone 804-748-1379Fax 804-717-6043
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(Closed for State and Federal holidays and severe weather)
Court Service Unit
From Lucy Corr Boulevard, turn left at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court sign. Take an immediate right into the visitor parking lot. There is no fee for parking. Once parked, proceed to the security checkpoint just inside the front, main entrance.