Virginia's Judicial System

Portsmouth Circuit Court

3rd Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Cynthia P. Morrison


Phone: (757) 393-8671
Fax: (757) 393-2024

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


1345 Court Street
Suite 101
P. O. Box 1217
Portsmouth, VA 23705-1217


  • Hon. Johnny E. Morrison, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Kenneth R. Melvin, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Douglas B. Ottinger, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Brenda C. Spry, Presiding Judge

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Terms begin, 1st Thursday, each month
  • Criminal docket call, 2:15 p.m.; 1st day of Term.
  • Grand Juries, 1st day of Term.
  • Civil cases set by agreement of counsel after consultation with the docket clerk (757-393-5373). Scheduling order required for civil cases.
  • Motions heard daily between 9:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. & every Friday, 10:00 a.m.
  • Court convenes 10:00 a.m.
  • Docket control procedures adopted pursuant to Section 8.01-4 and available on the website (