Virginia's Judicial System

Botetourt 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


Ms Bonnie D. Simmons


Phone: (540) 473-8244
Fax: (540) 473-8344

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


20 East Back Street
Fincastle, VA 24090-4537

Mailing address: P.O. Box 858, Fincastle, VA 24090

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

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

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

Court Schedule

Criminal & Traffic
   Uncontested & Unrepresented Traffic
   Mon., Wed., & Fri., 9:00 a.m.
   Criminal & Attorney Cases
   Mon., Wed., & Fri., 11:00 a.m.
   Non-Custodial Arraignments, Show Causes, Probation Reviews
   Mon., Wed., & Fri., 12 noon
   Motions & Lengthy Contested Matters
   3rd Thurs., Set by Judge
   Custodial Arraignments
   Daily, TBD
   General First Returns
   2nd Tues. & 1st Thurs., 9:30 a.m.
   Contested Cases Set by Judge
   2nd Tues & 1st Thurs., 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
     & 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Juvenile & Domestic Relations
   Traffic & Criminal
   Tues., 8:30 a.m., Summons & Arraignments
   Tues., 9:00 a.m., Protective Orders
   Tues., 9:30 a.m., Delinquent Petitions
   Tues., 10:30 a.m., Adult Criminal Cases
   Tues., 11:00 a.m., Foster Care Reviews
   1st, 2nd & 4th Thurs., 9:00 a.m., Support
   3rd Thurs., 8:30 a.m.

Continuance Policy

First continuance in traffic cases granted by Clerk; second continuance in traffic cases granted by Judge. Continuance in criminal cases coordinated by Commonwealth's Attorney.