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General District Court

P.O. Box 86
King & Queen Courthouse, VA 23085

Phone: 804-785-5982
Fax: 804-785-5694

Office Hours 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday, except legal holidays

Clerk, Joyce S. Mitchell

The General District Court decides civil suits involving amounts of money up to $25,000, traffic cases, and misdemeanor criminal cases. A misdemeanor is any charge, which carries a penalty of no more than one year in jail or a fine of up to $2,500, or both. The General District Court also holds preliminary hearings in felony cases. Any charge, which may be punishable by more than one year in jail, is called a felony.

Forms Online

General District Court forms and instructions are available online at Forms Online.

Court Schedules

General District Court is held in the courtroom in the Courts and Administration Building at King & Queen Courthouse located at 242 Allen’s Circle. Court is held on the first and third Fridays and the second Thursday of each month. Arraignments are scheduled at 9:00 a.m., criminal trials at 11:00 a.m. and civil cases at 1:30 p.m.

For more information on the date and time of your court appearance visit the Virginia’s Judicial Systems website.

Payment/Appeal/Continuance Information

  • Online payments may be made for pre-court & post court using VISA or Mastercard (4% convenience fee assessed on total).

  • For automated prepayment information call 804-785-5695. Payments are accepted until 4:15 p.m.

  • Payments must be received in the office within 30 days of conviction or if unpaid will transmit to Department of Motor Vehicles as a suspension of your driver’s license.

  • Notices of appeal should be filed in person within 10 calendar days from your conviction date.

  • The Commonwealth Attorney grants continuances for criminal cases. The Clerk grants the first continuance on traffic cases. The Judge grants all subsequent continuances.
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