CIRCUIT COURT INFORMATION
Welcome to the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office Website. It is the mission of the Clerk’s Office to maintain all court records, documents and evidence in its control in a timely and cost-effective manner while providing outstanding service with courtesy, efficiency and impartiality to the citizens and businesses of Gloucester County and the participants of the judicial community.
As a Virginia court, we will be responsive to the changing needs of the community--in the development and operation of the law, in the functions of the judicial process, and in the delivery of public services.
Margaret Walker, Clerk
Gloucester Circuit Court
The Clerk of the Circuit Court is a constitutional officer elected by the citizens of the locality to serve an eight-year term. He or she handles administrative matters for the court and maintains its records. The Clerk also has authority to probate wills, grant administration of estates and appoint guardians. The Clerk also maintains Land records, and the Clerk’s Office is where deeds, deeds of trust, and other related documents are recorded. Marriage licenses are also issued by the Circuit Court Clerk.
The Circuit Court is the only trial court of general jurisdiction in Virginia, having control over the following:
Appeals from administrative agencies, the General District Court or Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
The Circuit Court has exclusive jurisdiction on all monetary claims over $25,000.
Civil cases of a domestic relations nature, including divorce and annulment matters. Matters involving child support, custody, and visitation may or may not originate in the circuit court, depending on various factors.
Criminal cases, which include all felonies or offenses that may be punished by serving time in the state penitentiary system; misdemeanor charges that are initiated by grand jury indictment or appealed from the General District or Juvenile Domestic Relations District Courts; and transfer or certification of felony offenses committed by a juvenile.
The Circuit Court also handles any matter in which jurisdiction is not defined in the Code of Virginia.
WHAT COURT DO I NEED?
Many people do not realize that there are three courts in Gloucester County: Circuit Court (3rd floor of the Courthouse), General District Court
(1st floor of the Courthouse), and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
(2nd floor of the courthouse).
The General District Court hears traffic infractions, all criminal charges involving ordinances and laws of the county, all misdemeanors under state law, and civil matters that do not exceed $25,000. This Court also conducts preliminary hearings on all felony cases. The telephone number for Gloucester General District Court is 804-693-4860.
The Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court hears all criminal and traffic matters involving minors (under age 18). This court also handles matters involving the family such as custody, support and visitation; family abuse cases; and criminal cases where the accused and the victim are family or household members. The telephone number for Gloucester Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court is 804-693-4850.