Virginia's Judicial System

Hanover General District Court

15th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet


Ms Cheryl Lynn DeVaughn


Phone: (804) 365-6191
Civil: (804) 365-6457
Fax: Traffic/Criminal: (804) 365-6290
Fax: Civil: (804) 365-6436

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


P. O. Box 176
District Courts Building
7515 Library Drive
Hanover, VA 23069-0176

In order to maintain order and to uphold the security, dignity and decorum of the court, the following dress code is applicable to all persons entering the courtroom of the Hanover General District Court.

Clothing shall be neat and clean without rips and tears. Shirts shall completely cover stomach area to belt line. The following shall NOT be worn in the courtroom: No exposed underwear, tube tops, halter necks, cut-off jeans or slacks, short shorts, shirts without sleeves (men), sunglasses, spaghetti straps, head gear of any kind (except items worn for religious or medical reasons).

The following are prohibited: pagers, video cameras, cellular telephones, voice recorders of any kind, reading of newspapers, magazines & books. Law Enforcement and officers of the court may keep pagers, cellular telephone and voice recorders on vibrate only.

Any deviation from this policy must first be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Judge.


  • Hon. Ricardo Rigual, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Hugh S. Campbell
  • Hon. Robert Eric Reibach
  • Hon. John R. Stevens
  • Hon. J. Bruce Strickland

Court Schedule

Criminal: Mon.-Fri., 8:15 a.m. (except 5th Fri.)
Traffic: Mon.-Fri., 8:15 a.m. (except 5th Fri.)
Traffic & Criminal: Tues. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. (except 5th Fri.)
   Tues, Wed., & Fri., 9:00 a.m. (except 5th Fri.)
   Thurs., 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
   Tues, Wed., & Fri., 10:30 a.m. (except 5th Fri.)
Thurs., 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Civil (Small claims only)
1st Mon., 2:30 p.m.
4th Mon., 9:30 a.m.
Civil First Return Date (General)
Mon., 9:00 a.m.
Mon., 8:30 a.m.
Civil Contested Trials (General)
Main: Mon, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Basement: 4th Mon., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Citizen Warrants: Tues., 1:30 p.m.
VASAP Violations: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Wed., 1:30 p.m.
CCP Violations: 3rd, 4th & 5th Wed., 1:30 p.m.
Animal Control: 1st & 3rd Thurs., 1:30 p.m.
Game/Forestry/Fire/Zoning/Building Code Violations:
2nd & 4th Thurs., 1:30 p.m.
Environmental Violations: 3rd & 4th Fri., 1:30 p.m. (except 5th 
Signs on Highway & Rider Safety Violations: 4th Mon., 8:30 a.m.
**Note: No court on the 5th Fridays

Continuance Policy

Continuance policy can be found on the Hanover Court Home page Website in document or on file in the clerk's office.