Virginia's Judicial System

Middlesex Circuit Court

9th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Rachel K. Hartenbach


Phone: (804) 758-5317
Fax: (804) 758-8637

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


73 Bowden Street
P. O. Box 158
Saluda, VA 23149


  • Hon. Jeffrey W. Shaw, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Holly B. Smith, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Benjamin Elliott Bondurant
  • Hon. Richard H. Rizk

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Terms begin, 4th Monday, Jan., March, May, July, Sept., Nov.
  • Grand Juries, 1st day of term, 9:30 a.m.
  • Court convenes at 9:30 a.m.; docket call at 10:00 a.m.
  • Should a Term Day fall on a legal holiday, the Term Day will be on the following day.
  • Local rules adopted pursuant to Virginia Code Section 8.01-4.
  • All civil cases shall be set prior to and outside of Docket Call after praecipe is filed.
  • Pendente Lite and civil motions heard on motions day set by the judge (804) 693-1358.
  • Ninth Circuit Domestic Relations Trial Forms required (