Virginia's Judicial System

Hampton Circuit Court

8th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Linda Batchelor Smith


Phone: (757) 727-6105
Fax: (757) 728-3505
Fax: Criminal: 757-728-3367

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


P. O. Box 40
237 N. King Street
Hampton, VA 23669-0040


  • Hon. Bonnie L. Jones, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Michael A. Gaten, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Tonya Henderson-Stith

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Terms begin, 1st Monday, Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., & Dec.
  • Criminal Term Grand Juries, 1st Monday, each month 9:00 a.m.
  • All cases set on Term Day.
  • Civil cases set by praecipe (Judges' secretary handles all scheduling issues).
  • Court convenes 9:00 a.m. - civil matters; 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. - criminal matters.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized in divorce and other cases for good cause shown.
  • Local rules adopted pursuant to Section 8.01-4.
  • To set or cancel court hearing, contact Judges' office.
  • Faxes not accepted in civil matters.
  • Faxes only accepted in Criminal matters as set forth in the Docket Management & Continuance Policy, amended March 11, 2005.
  • Recordation cutoff time 3:30 p.m.