Virginia's Judicial System

Roanoke County Circuit Court

23rd Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Steven A. McGraw Sr.


Phone: (540) 387-6205
Fax: (540) 387-6145

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


P. O. Box 1126
305 E. Main Street
Salem, VA 24153-1126


  • Hon. David B. Carson, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Charles N. Dorsey, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. James R. Swanson, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. William D. Broadhurst, Chief Judge
  • Hon. J. Christopher Clemens

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Criminal term begins, 1st Friday, Feb., Apr., June, Oct., & Dec.; 2nd Friday, Aug.
  • Civil term begins, 1st Friday, Jan., Feb., Apr., June, Oct., & Dec.; 2nd Friday, Aug.
  • Grand Juries, 1st day of criminal term, 9:00 a.m.
  • Criminal docket call immediately following Grand Jury convening, criminal probation reporting at 9:30 a.m., followed by civil docket call at 11:00 a.m.
  • For hearing dates please contact the Judge's secretary.
  • Court convenes 8:30 a.m.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized at request of counsel or by order of court.
  • Civil cases set by praecipe received by clerk 7 days prior to docket call, by agreement of counsel, by docket judge and secretary.