Virginia's Judicial System


Chesapeake Circuit Court

1st Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet

Clerk


Hon. Faye W. Mitchell
email: fmitchell@courts.state.va.us

Phone/Fax


Phone: (757) 382-3000
Fax: (757) 382-3034
Fax: Criminal & Civil: (757) 382-3035

Clerk's Office Hours


8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Address


307 Albemarle Drive
Suite 300A
Chesapeake, VA 23322-5579

Judges: Suite 400A

Judges' Chambers: 757/382-3050

Judges

  • Hon. Randall D. Smith, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Marjorie T. Arrington, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. John W. Brown, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. V. Thomas Forehand Jr., Presiding Judge

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Criminal Terms begin, 1st Tuesday of each month, 2:00 p.m. except when election date or a holiday is Term Day, then Term Day will be held on Wednesday after the 1st Tuesday.
  • Civil Terms begin, 1st Tuesday of each month, 10:00 a.m., except when election date or a holiday is Term Day, then Term Day will be held on Wednesday after the 1st Tuesday.
  • Civil motions are heard each Wednesday (Visit www.cityofchesapeake.net/civilmotions or call 757-382-3074 to schedule a hearing.)
  • Grand Juries, 1st day of each term.
  • Civil cases are set by praecipe submitted by Thursday preceding Term Day.
  • Court convenes 10:00 a.m. for regular criminal & civil trial dockets; 8:30 a.m. for criminal sentencing and probation violation hearings; and 9:30 a.m. for arraignments.
  • Juries must be requested in writing 5 days before trial. Waiver of a requested jury must be 2 days before trial or costs assessed.