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SERVING YORK COUNTY AND THE CITY OF POQUOSON

Honorable Richard Y. AtLee, Jr., Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial District

 

Lynn S. Mendibur, Clerk of the Circuit Court

 

 

 

The clerk of the circuit court is a constitutional official and is elected to an eight-year term by the voters of the locality. The clerk handlesClerk of Circuit Court administrative matters for the court and also has authority to probate wills, grant administration of estates, and appoint guardians. The clerk is the custodian of the court records, and the clerk’s office is where deeds are recorded and marriage licenses issued.

 

In civil cases, the circuit court has concurrent jurisdiction with the general district court over claims from $4,500 to $15,000 and exclusive original jurisdiction over almost all claims exceeding $15,000.  The circuit court also has jurisdiction over all equity matters; these include divorce cases, disputes concerning wills and estates, and controversies involving property.


In criminal cases, the circuit court has jurisdiction over the trial of all felonies (offenses that may be punished by commitment to the State penitentiary) and of those misdemeanors (offenses carrying a penalty of not more than 12 months in jail) originally charged in circuit court. The circuit court also has jurisdiction over juveniles age 14 and older who are charged with felonies and whose cases have been certified or transferred by the judge of a juvenile and domestic relations district court for trial in a circuit court.

The circuit court has appellate jurisdiction over all appeals from the general district court in civil and criminal cases and from the juvenile and domestic relations district court in matters originating in that court. Appeals from these district courts are heard de novo; that is, the cases are tried from the beginning as though there had been no prior trial.  The circuit court’s appellate jurisdiction also extends to appeals from certain administrative agencies. ~ MORE~

CONTACT

300 Ballard Street
P O Box 371
Yorktown, VA 23690-0532
Phone: 757-890-3350
TDD: 757-890-3300
Civil:
  757-890-4105
Criminal:
  757-890-4104
Judge:
  757-890-3367
Jury:
  757-890-3636
Records:
  757-890-4103
Traffic Appeals:
  757-890-4104
Wills & Estates:
  757-890-4106

Office Hours:
     
8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F
Deed Recording Hours: 
8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. M-F