Virginia's Judicial System

Arlington Circuit Court

17th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Paul F. Ferguson


Phone: (703) 228-7010

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


1425 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201


  • Hon. Judith L. Wheat, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Louise M. DiMatteo, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Daniel S. Fiore II, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Daniel Tomas Lopez

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Terms begin the first Monday (or next business day if Monday falls on a holiday) of January, March, May, July, September and November at 2pm.
  • Civil Motions Day - Every Friday, 10:00 a.m., fiduciary matters, appointment of guardians, and uncontested wills are set at 9:30 a.m.
  • Evidentiary criminal motions are set at 9:30 a.m. on the 1st & 3rd Thurs. of each month and at 9:30 a.m. on Civil Term Day.
  • Grand Jury is the last Monday of the month. December is subject to change due to holiday schedule.
  • Court convenes 10:00 a.m. (civil) and 9:30 a.m. (criminal).
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized in partition cases, and for judgment debtor interrogatories. They are no longer utilized in divorce cases.
  • Ore tenus hearings are held Monday through Thursday at 9:30am.
  • All bench warrant arraignments can be heard Monday through Friday at 9:30 am