Virginia's Judicial System


Winchester/Frederick 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. W. Dale Houff
  • Hon. Amy B. Tisinger

Court Schedule

Monday
   8:30 a.m., Felony returns Winchester and Frederick
State Police non felony returns - AM
   11:15 a.m., Bond hearings by video
   Frederick County, Stephens City & Middletown non felony returns 
   - PM
   2:15 p.m, Bond reduction hearings
   Winchester Police & Sheriff non felony returns
Tuesday
   8:30 a.m., Private complaints non felony return docket for 
   Frederick County
   8:45 a.m., Plea Agreements
   Frederick County trials - traffic in AM
   11:15 a.m., Bond hearings
   Frederick County trials & preliminary hearings - criminal in PM
Wednesday
   8:30 a.m., Private complaints non felony return docket for 
   Winchester
   8:45 a.m., Plea agreements
   Winchester trials & preliminary hearings
   11:15 a.m., Bond hearings by video
   2:15 p.m., Bond reduction hearings
Thursday
   Civil 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
   11:15 a.m., Bond hearings by video
   1:00 p.m., General return - out of town attorneys
   2:00 p.m., Civil trials as set by the Judge
   Frederick County trials, preliminary hearings or civil trials 
   set by the Judge
Friday
   1st Friday
   Winchester police felony returns
   11:15 a.m., Bond hearings by video
   2:15 a.m., Bond reduction hearings
   Frederick County trials preliminary hearings
   2nd Friday
   8:30 a.m., ASAP non-complaint docket
   11:15 a.m., Bond hearings by video
   1:00 p.m., Bond reduction hearings
   Civil or Frederick County trial docket as scheduled by Judge
   3rd Friday
   9:00 a.m., Frederick and Winchester DUI returns
   10:00 a.m., Marijuana reviews Frederick and Winchester
   11:15 a.m., Bond hearings by video
   1:00 p.m., Trials as scheduled
   2:15 p.m., Bond reduction hearings
   Frederick County trials and preliminary hearings
   4th Friday
   Frederick County Special patrol docket
   11:15 a.m., Bond hearings by video
   2:15 p.m., Bond reduction hearings
   5th Friday
   Winchester police non felony returns
   11:15 a.m., Bond hearings by video
   2:15 p.m., Bond reduction hearings
   Frederick County trials and preliminary hearings

Continuance Policy

All continuances granted by Judge on written motions.