Virginia's Judicial System

Franklin City General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts

5th Judicial District of Virginia

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


Ms Mariah C. Belcher


Phone: (757) 562-8550
Fax: (757) 562-1156

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


1020 Pretlow Street
Franklin, VA 23851-2067

General District Judges

  • Hon. Warren Parker Councill, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Alfred W. Bates III, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Nicole A. Belote

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

  • Hon. James E. Wiser, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Stan D. Clark

Court Schedule

Criminal and Traffic
   Mon., 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m., Arraignments
   Mon., 9:00 a.m., Traffic
   Mon., 1:00 p.m., Criminal

Civil/Small Claims
   1st, 3rd & 5th Fri., 1:00 p.m.

Juvenile and Domestic Relations
   Wed., 9:00 a.m.

Continuance Policy

Continuances granted by Judge or Clerk.