Virginia's Judicial System

Lynchburg Circuit Court

24th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Kenneth T. Swisher


Phone: (434) 455-2620
Judge's Office: 434-455-2600
Fax: (434) 847-1864
Fax: Criminal Fax: 434-455-0041

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


P. O. Box 4
900 Court Street
Lynchburg, VA 24505-0004

***Cash registers close at 4:15 p.m. No monetary transactions after 4:15 p.m.***

***Land record recordings taken between 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.***

***Passports taken between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.***

***Marriage Licenses taken between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Appointments are encouraged.***

Please send all mail to P.O. Box 4, Lynchburg, VA 24505.

Mail addressed to the street address may not be delivered in a timely manner.


  • Hon. James F. Watson, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Frank Patrick Yeatts, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Jeffrey P. Bennett
  • Hon. John T. Cook
  • Hon. Michael R. Doucette
  • Hon. James W. Updike Jr.

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Criminal Terms begin, 1st Monday every month.
  • Civil Terms begin, 1st Monday monthly.
  • Grand Juries, 1st day of Term.
  • All cases set on Term Day; Criminal - 9:00 a.m., Civil - 1:30 p.m.
  • Civil cases can be set outside of Civil Docket call by contacting the Judicial Assistant to the Judges.
  • Court convenes 9:00 a.m.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized in limited instances.
  • Motion Day, 2nd & 4th Fri. after Term day, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. by appointment.
  • Misdemeanor appeals - 1st two days after opening day of Term.