Virginia's Judicial System


Frederick/Winchester General District Court

26th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet

Clerk


Ms Tamara L. Heishman
email: theishman@vacourts.gov

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. John Stanley Hart Jr., Chief Judge
  • Hon. Christopher E. Collins
  • Hon. Mary Louise Costello Daniel
  • Hon. W. Dale Houff
  • Hon. Amy B. Tisinger

Court Schedule

Monday
   8:30 am, Felony returns Winchester and Frederick
   State police non felony returns - AM
   11:15, Bond hearings by video
   Frederick County, Stephens City & Middletown
     non felony returns - PM
   2:15 pm, Bond reduction hearings
   Winchester Police & Sheriff non felony returns

Tuesday
   8:30 AM, Private complaints non felony return docket for 
   Frederick County
   8:45 AM, Plea Agreements
     Frederick County trials -  traffic in AM
   11:15 am, Bond Hearings
   Frederick County trials & preliminary hearings - criminal in PM

Wednesday
   8:30 am, Private complaints non felony return docket for 
   Winchester
   8:45 am, Plea Agreements
   Winchester trials & preliminary hearings
   11:15 am, Bond hearings by video
   2:15 pm, Bond reduction hearings

Thursdays
   Civil first call returns
     8:30 am, Special return docket
     9:00 am, General return - local attorneys
     9:45 am, General return - non-attorneys
     11:15 am, Bond hearings by video
     1:00 pm, General return - out of town attorneys
     2:00 pm, Civil trials as set by the Judge
   Civil trials set by the Judge

1st Thursday
   9:00 a.m., Small Claims

2nd Thursday
   9:00 a.m., Winchester, zoning

1st Friday
   Winchester police non felony returns
   11:15 am, Bond hearings by video
   2:15 pm, Bond reduction hearings
   Frederick County trials preliminary hearings

2nd Friday
   8:30 a.m., ASAP non-compliant docket
   11:15 am, Bond hearings by video
   2:15 pm, Bond reduction hearings
   Frederick County trial docket as scheduled by Judge

3rd Friday
   9:00 am, Frederick and Winchester DUI
   11:15 am, Bond hearings by video
   1:00 pm, Trials as scheduled
   2:15 pm, Bond reduction hearings
   Frederick County trials and preliminary hearings

4th Friday
     Frederick County Special patrol docket
   11:15 am, Bond hearings by video
   2:15 pm, Bond reduction hearings

5th Friday
     Winchester police non felony returns
   11:15 am, Bond hearings by video
   2:15 pm, Bond reductions hearings
   Frederick County trials and preliminary hearings

Continuance Policy

All continuances granted by Judge on written motions.