CRIMINAL HEARINGS AND TRIALS: Criminal hearings and trials are set by contacting the Commonwealth's Attorney at 757-890-3401. If trials are not pre-set through the Commonwealth's Attorney, they are set at docket call held at 9:00 a.m. on Term Day (the Third Tuesday in January, March, May, July, September, and November). Should a Term Day fall on a legal holiday as set forth in § 2.2-3300, Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, the Term Day will be on the following day.
GRAND JURIES: Grand Juries meet at 9:00 a.m. on the first day of the Term.
CIVIL TRIALS: Counsel and pro se parties are required to file a Praecipe requesting that the Clerk set the matter for trial. After the Praecipe is filed, the Judge will forward a letter to all counsel and unrepresented parties requesting that they coordinate their available dates and contact the Judge's Assistant by telephone at 757-890-3367 to set the trial date. Civil trials are not set by docket call.
CIVIL HEARINGS: Appointments for hearings on civil matters are scheduled through the Judge's Assistant who may be reached at 757-890-3367.