Virginia's Judicial System

Falls Church General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts

17th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts Informational Pamphlet


Ms Shana Lawan Gooden


Civil: (703) 248-5098
JDR: (703) 248-5099
Small Claims: (703) 248-5157
Traffic/Criminal: (703) 248-5096
Fax: (703) 248-5115

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


300 Park Avenue
Suite 151W
Falls Church, VA 22046-3301

Parties who wish to file civil cases should contact the Clerk's Office for appropriate court dates.

General District Judges

  • Hon. Romaine Frances O'Brien, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Jason S. Rucker
  • Hon. Cari Michele Steele

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

  • Hon. Robin L. Robb Kendrick, Chief Judge
  • Hon. W. Michael Chick Jr.

Court Schedule

General District Court
     9:00 a.m., Traffic
     9:00 a.m., Civil Small Claims
     10:00 a.m., Arraignments, Criminal, DWI's, Motions & Prelims
     11:30 a.m., Civil

Juvenile & Domestic Relations
   2nd and 4th Tuesday
     Please contact the Clerk's Office to verify date and time.

Continuance Policy

JDR continuances granted as follows: traffic by Clerk, all others must be approved by judge. GD continuances granted as follows: criminal felonies by agreement with the Commonwealth's Attorney and approved by judge; criminal misdemeanors/DWI/reckless must be approved by Judge;civil continuances by agreement of both parties and approved by the Judge.