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CIRCUIT COURT
300 Ballard Street
P O Box 371
Yorktown, VA 23690
Phone: 757-890-3350
TDD: 757-890-3621
OFFICE HOURS
8:00 am to 4:00 pm M-F

GENERAL DISTRICT COURT
300 Ballard Street
P O Box 316
Yorktown, VA 23690
Phone: 757-890-3450
TDD: 890-3621
OFFICE HOURS
8:00 am to 4:00 pm M-F

JUVENILE & DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT
300 Ballard Street
P O Box 357
Yorktown, VA 23690
Phone: 757-890-3470
TDD: 757-890-3621
OFFICE HOURS
8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM M-F

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CIRCUIT COURT

Honorable Kristen N. Nelson, Clerk

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 handles 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~

GENERAL DISTRICT COURT

Honorable Stephen Hudgins
General District Court Judge

Honorable Melanie H. Stephens
Clerk of Court

The Clerk's Office is dedicated to serve you to the best of our abilities, however,
the staff cannot give legal advice.

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(757)-890-3456

JUVENILE AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT

The Honorable Wade A. Bowie, Judge

Honorable Margienette J. Whitfield
Clerk of Court

The Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court handles cases involving:

  • Juvenile Delinquents
  • Juveniles accused of traffic violations
  • Children in need of services
  • Children in need of supervision
  • Children who have been subjected to abuse or neglect
  • Family or household members who have been subjected to abuse
  • Adults accused of child abuse or neglect, or of offenses against members of their own family (juvenile or adult)
  • Adults involved in disputes concerning the support, visitation, parentage or custody of a child
  • Abandonment of children
  • Foster care and entrustment agreements
  • Court-ordered rehabilitation services
  • Court consent for certain medical treatments