Virginia's Judicial System

Craig 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 Patricia H Taylor


Phone: (540) 864-5989
Fax: (540) 864-7385

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


P. O. Box 232
182 Main Street, Suite 5
New Castle, VA 24127-0232

Courtroom dress code:

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, vulgar wording or pictures.

General District Judges

  • Hon. William Harrison Cleaveland, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Christopher M. Billias
  • Hon. Christopher B. Russell
  • Hon. Rupen R. Shah

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

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

Court Schedule

General District Court Cases
   Criminal & Traffic Cases
     1st & 3rd Tues., 3rd & 5th Thurs.
     9:00 a.m., Criminal, Traffic, Returns, Arraignments, and 
        Protective Orders
     9:30 a.m., Attorney cases
     10:30 a.m., Cases Specially Set
   Civil Cases
     9:00 a.m., 4th Tues., General Civil Returns
     9:30 a.m., Contested Civil Cases
     10:00 a.m., Cases Specially Set

Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
   1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Fridays
   1st Fri.
   8:30 a.m.
     DCSE Cases (odd #'d months only)
     Protective Orders
   9:00 a.m. or 9:30 a.m.
     DSS Cases (may be set by the court on other days & times)
     CHINS Cases (may be set by the court on other days & times)
   10:00 a.m., Cases Specially Set
   2nd, 4th & 5th Fri.
   8:30 a.m., Protective Orders, Arraignments
   9:00 a.m., Juvenile Traffic Summonses
     Juvenile Delinquency/CHINS Petitions,
     Adult Arraignments & Criminal Warrants
   9:30 a.m., Child Support Petitions, Custody/Visitation 
     Motions to Amend Custody/Visitation/Support & Show Causes
   3rd Friday
   8:30 a.m., Protective Orders, Arraignments
   9:00 a.m. Civil Filings
     Custody, Visitation, & Support Petitions
     Motions to Amend
     Civil Show Causes
   10:00 a.m., Specially set cases

Continuance Policy

Continuances granted by Judge and Clerk.