General District Court
16th Judicial District Of Virginia
The court that most people have contact with is the General District Court. The General District Court handles most traffic violations. The General District Court also hears minor criminal cases known as misdemeanors and conducts preliminary hearings for more serious criminal cases called felonies.
General District Courts have exclusive authority to hear civil cases with claims of $5,000 or less and share authority with the circuit courts to hear cases with claims between $5,000 and $25,000 ($50,000 in certain civil matters). Examples of civil cases are landlord and tenant disputes, contract disputes and personal injury actions.
There is a General District Court in each city and county in Virginia. General District Court judges are elected by the General Assembly for 6 year terms.
First continuance granted by Clerk upon request of Plaintiff or Plaintiff Attorney if all parties agree.
First continuance granted by Clerk or Commonwealth Attorney, if not more than 30 days. Second traffic continuance and continuances in all other cases granted by Judge on motion.
|Contested Civil Trials:||Monday and Friday by appointment|
|Docket Call:||Tuesday, 1 pm|
|Small Claims:||Tuesday, 3 pm|
|All Bond Hearings:||Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 am|
|Felony Preliminary Hearings:||Thursday, 1 pm and 2 pm|
|Misdemeanor Trials:||Monday and Friday, 9 am|
|Felonies:||Thursday, 1 pm|
|Misdemeanors:||Tuesday. and Thursday, 9 am|
|Traffic Infractions:||Tuesday. and Thursday, 9 am and 10:30 am|