Virginia's Judicial System

Nelson Circuit Court

24th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Judy Stevens Smythers


Phone: (434) 263-7020
Fax: (434) 263-7027

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


P. O. Box 10
84 Courthouse Square, 1st Floor
Lovingston, VA 22949-0010


  • Hon. John T. Cook, Chief Judge
  • Hon. R. Edwin Burnette Jr.
  • Hon. Michael T. Garrett
  • Hon. James W. Updike Jr.
  • Hon. F. Patrick Yeatts

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Terms begin, 4th Tuesday, Jan, March, May, Sept , & Nov.
  • Grand Juries, 1st day of Term.
  • All cases set on Term Day or directly through Judge at other times.
  • Court convenes 9:30 a.m.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized in general chancery causes. Divorce cases not usually referred.
  • The Clerk of the Nelson County Circuit Court provides copies of Orders to local attorneys (within the Court square)and the Probation Officer by placing certified copies in their mailbox in the Clerk's Office. Certified copies of Orders for Attorneys outside the local area, to agencies (i.e. DMV, VASAP, DOC, etc.) are mailed by regular mail. This is the practice in both civil and criminal cases.