Virginia's Judicial System


Essex Circuit Court

15th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet

Clerk


Hon. Gayle Ashworth
email: gashworth@courts.state.va.us

Phone/Fax


Phone: (804) 443-3541
Phone: (804) 443-4381
Fax: (804) 445-1216

Clerk's Office Hours


8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Address


P. O. Box 445
305 Prince Street
Tappahannock, VA 22560

Judges

  • Hon. Harry T. Taliaferro III, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. David H. Beck, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Sarah L. Deneke
  • Hon. Joseph J. Ellis
  • Hon. J. Overton Harris
  • Hon. Patricia Kelly
  • Hon. Michael E. Levy
  • Hon. Charles S. Sharp
  • Hon. Gordon F. Willis

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Terms begin 4th Wednesday, Jan., April, July, & October.
  • All cases set by agreement with Commonwealth's Attorney at preliminary hearing, on Term Day, or by agreement of counsel and the Court. The latter may be done by a telephone call to the Judge's office.
  • Court convenes 9:00 a.m.
  • In civil jury trials, instructions must be submitted to the Court and opposing counsel 5 days prior to trial.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized in general chancery causes and divorces.