Virginia's Judicial System

Essex General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts

15th Judicial District of Virginia

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


Ms Dee Balderson Davis


Phone: (804) 443-3744
Fax: (804) 443-4122

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


P. O. Box 66
300 Prince Street
Tappahannock, VA 22560

General District Judges

  • Hon. John S. Martin, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Hugh S. Campbell, Chief Judge
  • Hon. David B. Caddell Jr.
  • Hon. Richard T. McGrath
  • Hon. Angela M. O'Connor
  • Hon. Robert Eric Reibach
  • Hon. James Bruce Strickland

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

  • Hon. William L. Lewis, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Joseph A. Vance IV, Chief Judge
  • Hon. John E. Franklin
  • Hon. Shannon O. Hoehl
  • Hon. Julian W. Johnson
  • Hon. Andrea M. Stewart
  • Hon. Georgia K. Sutton
  • Hon. Frank G Uvanni

Court Schedule

General District
   2nd Tues., 9:00 a.m.
   Collection Agent
   2nd Tues., 9:00 a.m.
   Small Claims
   2nd Tues., 10:00 a.m.
   Thurs., 2:00 p.m., except 5th Thurs.
Traffic & Local Ordinances
   Thurs., 10:00 a.m., except 5th Thurs.
Traffic - State Ordinances
   Thurs., 1:00 p.m., except 5th Thurs.
Arraignments & Motions
   Thurs., 9:00 a.m., except 5th Thurs.
Juvenile & Domestic Relations
Criminal & Traffic
   1st & 2nd Mon., 9:00 a.m.
   3rd Mon., 9:00 a.m., DCSE Support Cases Only
   4th Mon., 9:00 a.m., Custody/Visitation
   5th Mon., 9:00 a.m., DCSE Support Cases Only
   4th Tues., 9:00 a.m., Non DCSE Support Cases & CHINS

Continuance Policy

Criminal cases: Continued by Clerk with agreement of Commonwealth's Attorney Civil cases: First continuance granted by Clerk with agreement of parties, all subsequent continuances granted by Judge.