Virginia's Judicial System

Rappahannock General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts

20th Judicial District of Virginia

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


Ms Donna G Foster


Phone: (540) 675-5356
Fax: (540) 675-5357

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


P. O. Box 206
250 Gay Street
Washington, VA 22747-0206

General District Judges

  • Hon. J. Gregory Ashwell, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. J. Frank Buttery Jr., Chief Judge
  • Hon. Deborah C. Welsh
  • Hon. Dean S. Worcester

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

  • Hon. Pamela L. Brooks, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Melissa N. Cupp
  • Hon. Avelina S. Jacob

Court Schedule

General District
   1st, 2nd & 3rd Tues., 8:30 a.m., 1st Returns
   1st, 2nd & 3rd Tues., 8:30 a.m., Garnishments & Interrogartories
   2nd Tues., 8:30 a.m., Small Claims Mediation
   2nd Tues., 11:00 a.m., Small Claims Trials
   1st & 3rd Tues., 11:00 a.m., Trials and Motions
     (Set by Judge)
   Criminal, Traffic & Local (County) Ordinances
   1st, 2nd & 3rd Tues., 9:00 a.m., Arraignments/Bond Hearings
   1st, 2nd & 3rd Tues., 9:30 a.m., Preliminary Hearings/Trials
   Criminal & Traffic (Troopers/State)
   1st, 2nd & 3rd Tues., 1:00 p.m., Arraignments/Preliminary 

Juvenile & Domestic Relations
   2nd & 4th Thurs., 8:30 a.m., Juvenile/Adult Arraignments
   2nd & 4th Thurs., 9:00 a.m., Traffic
   Contested Cases set by Judge.
   2nd Thurs., 8:00 a.m., Operators License Presentation

Continuance Policy

Traffic and criminal case continuances by motion at least 10 days prior to court date.