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 Susan S. Hutchison

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. Gordon F. Saunders, Chief Judge
  • Hon. William Harrison Cleaveland
  • Hon. William C. Goodwin

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

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

Court Schedule

Tuesday (morning)
   8:30 a.m.: Arraignments
   9:00 a.m.: Unrepresented defendants- Virginia State Police
   10:00 a.m.: Defendants with counsel - Virginia State Police  
   (misdemeanors and infractions only)
   11:00 a.m.: Felonies and related misdemeanors and infractions
   11:15 a.m.: Bond reviews and motions; non-compliances
Tuesday (afternoon)
   First Tuesday -- Judge Cleaveland
     1:30 p.m.: Contested Civil (represented parties)
     No Clifton Forge Officers (Civil only)
   All Other Tuesdays -- Judge Mooney
     1:30 p.m.: Unrepresented defendants - Clifton Forge Police 
        Department/Code Enforcement
     2:00 p.m.: Defendants with counsel
     2:45 p.m.: Bond reviews and motions
     3:00 p.m.: Civil Docket- Returns, unrepresented parties
Thursday (morning)
   8:30 a.m.: Arraignments
   9:00 a.m.: Alleghany County Sheriff's Department
   9:00 a.m.: Unrepresented defendants
   10:00 a.m.: Defendants with counsel (misdemeanors and 
   infractions only)
   10:45 a.m.: Recess
   11:00 a.m.: Defendants with counsel (felonies and related 
   misdemeanors and infractions)
   11:30 a.m.: Bond reviews and motions
Thursday (afternoon)
   1:30 p.m.: Covington Police Department
   1:30 p.m.: Unrepresented defendants/ citizen initiated 
   misdemeanors/ protective orders
   2:30 p.m. Defendants with counsel (misdemeanors and infractions 
   only)
   3:15 p.m.: Recess
   3:30 p.m.: Defendants with counsel (felonies and related 
   misdemeanors and infractions)
   4:00 Bond reviews/motions
   4:30 Court closes

JDR Detention Hearings
   Wed. & Fri., 8:30 a.m.
License Ceremony
   3rd Wed., 8:30 a.m.
DSCE Cases
   4th Wed., 8:30 a.m.
Domestic Relations
   Wed., 8:30 a.m. (Custody/Visitation/Support)
   2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Fri., 8:30 a.m.
   (Juvenile Delinquency/Adult Criminal)

Continuance Policy

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