Virginia's Judicial System

New Kent General District Court

9th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet


Ms Sirena Kestner


Phone: (804) 966-9530
Phone: (804) 966-9534
Fax: (804) 966-9535

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


P. O. Box 127
12001 Courthouse Circle
New Kent, VA 23124-0127

**Proper Dress is Required. No Shorts Permitted**


  • Hon. Stephanie E. Merritt, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Colleen K. Killilea, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Stephen Ashton Hudgins

Court Schedule

   8:00 a.m., Counsel determination with Clerk
   8:30 a.m., Arraignments
   9:00 a.m., Motions/Civil Docket - 1st calling
     (Contact court prior to filing for available dates)
   9:15 a.m., Sheriff's Department
   10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., State Police
   1:00 p.m., Reviews
     (ASAP, CCC, Mental Health, Driving School)
   1:15 p.m., Garnishments/Interrogatories with Collection Agency
     (2nd Tues. each month)
   1:30 p.m., Criminal Cases
     (Animal Control, Marine, County Violations, Zoning, etc. - 1st 
        Tues. each month)

3rd Fri., even months
   9:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m., Contested Civil

4th Wednesday of each month
   8:30 a.m., Prisoner arraignments only
   9:15 a.m., Traffic Sheriff's Department
   9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., & 11:00 a.m., Traffic State 
   1:30 p.m., Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

Certain 1st Fri., odd months (call to confirm)
   9:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Traffic
   10:30 a.m., Criminal
   11:00 a.m., Contested Civil Cases

Continuance Policy

First motion to continue may be granted by the Clerk. Subsequent motions to continue may be granted by the Judge.