Virginia's Judicial System


Alleghany General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts

25th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts Informational Pamphlet

Clerk


Ms Anita Smith Unroe

Phone/Fax


Phone: (540) 965-1720
Fax: (540) 965-1722

Clerk's Office Hours


8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Address


P. O. Box 139
266 West Main Street
Covington, VA 24426-0139

Dress need not be formal but should be clean and neat.

Midriffs/stomachs are to be covered at all times.

No halter tops.

No exposed underwear.

Trousers are to be worn at the waistline.

No shorts.

No clothing with rude, obscene or vulgar wording or pictures.

General District Judges

  • Hon. William Harrison Cleaveland, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Christopher M. Billias
  • Hon. Robin J. Mayer
  • Hon. Rupen R. Shah

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

  • Hon. Laura L. Dascher, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Linda Schorsch Jones, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Susan B. Read
  • Hon. Correy R. Smith
  • Hon. Paul A. Tucker

Court Schedule

General District Court Schedule
   Monday (except for any fifth Monday)
   9:00 a.m. (unrepresented defendants)
     1st Monday: Covington Police Department
     2nd Monday: Alleghany County Sheriff's Department
     3rd Monday: Covington Police Department
     4th Monday: Alleghany County Sheriffs Department
     No court on any fifth Monday
   10:00 a.m. (represented defendants)
   11:15 a.m., VASAP
   1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Civil Court, every Monday afternoon 
   except for any fifth Monday
   Tuesday (except for any fifth Tuesday)
   8:30 a.m., Arraignments
   9:00 a.m. (unrepresented defendants), Virginia State Police
   10:00 a.m. (represented defendants)
   1:00 p.m. (unrepresented defendants), Clifton Forge Police 
   Department/Code Enforcement
   2:00 p.m. (represented defendants
   2nd Thursday of each month
   8:30 a.m., Arraignments
   9:00 a.m. (represented defendants), Alleghany County Sheriff's 
   Department
   10:00 a.m. (represented defendants)
   1:00 p.m., (unrepresented defendants), Covington Police 
   Department
   2:00 p.m. (represented defendants)
   4th Thursday of each month
   8:30 a.m., Arraignments
   9:00 a.m. (unrepresented defendants), Alleghany County Sheriff's 
   Department
   10:00 a.m. (represented defendants)
   1:00 p.m. (unrepresented defendants), Covington Police 
   Department
   There is NO court on the 1st, 3rd or 5th Thursday of the month
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
   Wednesday
     8:30 a.m., Arraignments
     9:00 a.m., Custody/Visitation/Support/DSS
     3rd Wednesday of each month - Driver's License Ceremony
     4th Wednesday of each month - Division of Child Support 
        Enforcement cases
   Friday
     No court on any first Friday of the month
     8:30 a.m., Arraignments
     9:00 a.m., Juvenile delinquency/Adult Criminal
     10:00 a.m., Juvenile detention hearings
     CHINS cases


Continuance Policy

First continuance granted by Judge or Clerk; subsequent continuances granted by Judge on motion.