Virginia's Judicial System

Goochland General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts

16th Judicial District of Virginia

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


Ms Dianne Henley White


Phone: (804) 556-5309
Phone: (804) 556-5437 TDD
Fax: (804) 556-4494

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


P. O. Box 47
2938 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063-0047

General District Judges

  • Hon. Claiborne H. Stokes Jr., Chief Judge
  • Hon. Theresa W. Carter
  • Hon. Matthew J. Quatrara
  • Hon. Kenneth Andrew Sneathern

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

  • Hon. Deborah S. Tinsley, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Gilbert H. Berger
  • Hon. Barbara G. Lowe
  • Hon. Ronald L. Morris
  • Hon. Areshini Pather
  • Hon. Frank W. Somerville

Court Schedule

General District Court
     1st Returns- 8:45 a.m.
     Deputy Cases- 9:00 a.m.
     Trooper Cases- 10:30 a.m.
     Game Warden Cases- 1:00 p.m. on 1st and 2nd Mondays
     Animal Control Cases- 1:00 p.m. on 1st and 2nd Mondays
     VASAP- 1:00 p.m. on 3rd Mondays
     OAR- 1:00 p.m. on 4th Mondays
     Civil Docket- 2:00 p.m.

Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
   1st & 3rd Tuesdays/ 1st, 2nd & 4th Thursdays
     9:00-10:00: Traffic and first callings on criminal, 
     chins, custody/visitation(C/V), and support
     9:00 on 4th Thursday- DCSE only
     10:00-11:00: Criminal/delinquency trials
     (may be scheduled at special times if a lengthy trial is 
     11:00-12:30: Mediation Order Reviews, GAL reports on C/V cases
     12:30: Videos
     1:30: Foster Care and Chins
     2:00: contested cases on the days FTC is not in session
     2:30 on 2nd & 4th Thursdays- Family Treatment Court

Continuance Policy

First traffic continuance granted by Clerk; criminal continuances by Commonwealth's Attorney or Judge.