Virginia's Judicial System

Bristol Circuit Court

28th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Kelly Lee Flannagan


Phone: (276) 645-7321
Fax: (276) 821-6097

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


497 Cumberland Street
Bristol, VA 24201


  • Hon. Sage B. Johnson, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Deanis L. Simmons, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Fredrick A. Rowlett
  • Hon. Eric R. Thiessen

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Docket calls will no longer be used. The Court will proceed with the Praecipe System to be called on the opening day of the term as set forth in Rule 1:15 of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • Terms begin, 1st Monday, Aug., Nov., Feb., May.
  • Grand Juries, 1st day of Term.
  • Civil cases are set on Term Day or through contact with the Judge's office.
  • Criminal cases set by Court upon receipt of record in Circuit Court from District Court.
  • Court convenes 9:00 a.m.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are used only to review accountings of Special Commissioners.