Virginia's Judicial System

Stafford Circuit Court

15th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Kathy M. Sterne


Phone: (540) 658-8750
Fax: (540) 658-4653

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open to the public: 8:00AM - 4:00PM


P. O. Box 69
1300 Courthouse Road
Stafford, VA 22555-0069

Judge Levy (Courtroom One) Phone: 540/658-4840, option 1 Fax: 540/658-4625

Judge Sharp (Courtroom Two) Phone: 540/658-4840, option 2 Fax: 540/658-4625

Judge Willis (Courtroom Three) Phone: 540/658-4840, option 3 Fax: 540/658-4625

Combined Chambers Address: P.O. Box 895, Stafford, VA 22555-0895

No financial payments are taken after 4:30 p.m.


  • Hon. Charles S. Sharp, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Michael E. Levy, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Victoria A. B. Willis, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Sarah L. Deneke
  • Hon. Joseph J. Ellis
  • Hon. J. Overton Harris
  • Hon. Herbert M. Hewitt
  • Hon. Patricia Kelly
  • Hon. R. Michael McKenney
  • Hon. Ricardo Rigual
  • Hon. Gordon F. Willis

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Court convenes at 9:00 a.m; jury trials convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Criminal Term/Grand Jury, First Monday of each month at 9:00 a.m.
  • Civil Term, First Monday of Jan., April, July and Oct. at 11:00 a.m. Mature cases set by praecipe only. Appearance required for Term Day.
  • Motion Days, 1st and 3rd Mondays, Criminal motions at 9:00 a.m., civil motions at 11:00 a.m. Originals of Motions should be filed with the Clerk seven days in advance; advance courtesy copies of motions should be faxed to chambers. If necessary, alternative motion dates may be obtained through chambers. Motions over 20 minutes must be scheduled through chambers.
  • If any Monday is a State holiday, pursuant to Section 2.2-3300, Term/Motions will be held the following day.
  • Commissioners in Chancery utilized in accordance with Section 8.01-607 et seq. and Rule 3.23.
  • Depositions are routinely accepted in uncontested divorce cases. Ore tenus hearings may be set by praecipe on Civil Term Day. Appearance required.
  • Judicial Settlement Conferences are utilized in civil cases & divorces.
  • Hearing dates for motions to suppress must be coordinated through chambers.
  • Notices for hearings must contain time estimates for argument.
  • Stafford Circuit court mails (regular mail) Certified copies back as soon as possible to the parties of the case. Return envelopes moves them a little faster and we have a pick-up box here in the office for attorneys who are here daily.