Virginia's Judicial System


Frederick/Winchester General District Court

26th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet

Clerk


Ms Brenda L. Vance

Phone/Fax


Phone: (540) 722-7208
Fax: (540) 722-1063

Clerk's Office Hours


8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Address


Judicial Center
5 North Kent Street
Winchester, VA 22601-5037

Judges

  • Hon. David Shaw Whitacre, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Richard A. Claybrook Jr., Chief Judge
  • Hon. John Stanley Hart Jr.
  • Hon. W. Dale Houff
  • Hon. Amy B. Tisinger

Court Schedule

Civil
   Thurs., First Call Returns
   8:30 a.m., Special return docket
   9:00 a.m., General return - local attorneys
   9:45 a.m., General return - non-attorneys
   11:00 a.m., Special return docket
   1:00 p.m., General return docket out of town attorneys
   2:00 p.m., Trials set by the Judge
   5th Friday, Civil Trials
   All day, set by Judge
   2nd Friday, Small Claims
   1:00 p.m.
Criminal & Traffic
   Monday
   8:30 a.m., Felony returns
   9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., & 11:00 a.m., State Police non felony 
   returns
   1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m., Frederick County Department return 
   docket, Stephens City & Middletown
   9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., & 2:30 p.m., 
   Winchester police non felony returns
   3:00 p.m., Bond reduction hearings
   Tuesday
   8:30 a.m., Private Complaints (non-felony) return docket - 
   Frederick
   9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., & 10:30 a.m.
     Trial dockets Frederick County - Traffic
   11:30 a.m., Bond Hearings
   12:00 p.m., Special motions - Frederick
   1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.
     Trials and preliminary hearing-Frederick Co. - Criminal
   Wednesday
   8:30 a.m., Non-felony return docket-Winchester
   9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., & 10:30 a.m.
     Traffic & Criminal trials & preliminary hearings - Winchester
   12:00 p.m., Special Motions - Winchester
   1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.
     Traffic & criminal trial & preliminary hearings - Winchester
Bond Arraignments (video)
   12:00 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
ASAP/Non-Compliant Docket/Special Patrol Docket
   1st Friday
   Civil trials all day as scheduled by Judge
   8:30 a.m., Winchester parking tickets
   9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 
   p.m., 2:00 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.
     Frederick Co. criminal & traffic trials as set by Judge

   2nd Friday
   9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 11:30 
   a.m.
     Non-compliant cases for Winchester & Frederick Co.
   12:00 p.m., Bond hearing
   1:00 p.m., Small claims docket call & trials
   2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., & 3:00 p.m., Traffic, criminal or civil 
   trials as set by Judge

   3rd Friday
   9:00 a.m., DWI & Marijuana case returns
   11:00 a.m., Marijuana probation return docket (dispositions)
   12:00 p.m., Bond hearings
   1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
     Civil trials or criminal trials as set by Judge
   4th Friday
   8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
     Frederick Co. Special Patrol Traffic returns
   noon,  Bond hearings
   5th Friday
   9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 
   p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
     Tr/Cr trials as set by Judge
   Noon, Bond hearings

Continuance Policy

Continuances granted by Judge on motion.