9+Virginia's Judicial System


Welcome to the Web site of Virginia’s Judicial System
Our aim is to assure that disputes are resolved justly, promptly, and economically through a court system unified in its structures and administration. This system is comprised of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Court of Appeals of Virginia, circuit courts in thirty-one judicial circuits, general district and juvenile and domestic relations district courts in thirty-two districts, and magistrates in offices in thirty-two districts. The administrative office of the courts, known in Virginia as the Office of the Executive Secretary, supports the administration of the court system under the direction of the Chief Justice and the Executive Secretary.

Virginia Judicial Workload Assessment Report
Chapter 601, Virginia Acts of Assembly (2012), directed the Supreme Court of Virginia to "develop and implement a weighted caseload system to precisely measure and compare judicial caseloads throughout the Commonwealth on the circuit court, general district court, and juvenile and domestic relations district court levels" and to develop "a recommended plan for the realignment of the circuit and district boundaries." In response to the legislation, the Supreme Court of Virginia's Office of the Executive Secretary contracted with the National Center for State Courts to develop a weighted caseload system for Virginia's trial courts and to recommend a plan for the realignment of the circuit and district boundaries. The Virginia Judicial Workload Assessment Report was submitted to the Court by the National Center for State Courts as a result of the workload assessment study they completed, and it details the weighted caseload system they developed and includes their recommendations regarding boundary realignment in Virginia.

Press Releases

2014 State of the Judiciary Address
Presented on May 13, 2014, to the Judicial Conference of Virginia, by the Honorable Cynthia D. Kinser, Chief Justice.

 

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