Virginia's Judicial System

Charles City General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts

9th Judicial District of Virginia

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


Ms Barbara Jean Watkins


Phone: (804) 652-2188
Fax: (804) 829-6390

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


P. O. Box 57
10780 Courthouse Road
Charles City, VA 23030-0057

General District Judges

  • Hon. Stephen Ashton Hudgins, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Joshua P. DeFord
  • Hon. Stephanie E. Merritt

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

  • Hon. Cressondra B. Conyers, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Wade A. Bowie
  • Hon. Mara M. Matthews
  • Hon. Brian J. Smalls

Court Schedule

General District Court
1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month
   8:30 a.m., Arraignments/Appointment of Counsel
   Traffic & Criminal
     9:00 a.m., Local Officers
     10:00 a.m., State Police Officers
     10:30 a.m., Show Causes & Criminal Cases with Individual
     11:30 a.m. - Game Wardens & Animal Control
     12:00 p.m., Contested, Uncontested & Small claims
     Contested civil cases to be scheduled as approved by the 

Juvenile & Domstic Relations District Court
2nd & 4th Wednesday of Every Month
   2nd & 4th Wednesday
     9:00 a.m., Arraignments/Appointment of Counsel
     9:00 a.m., Juvenile Traffic & Criminal Cases
     9:00 a.m., Adult Criminal Cases
     10:00 a.m., Reserved for cases scheduled by Judge or Clerk
   2nd Wednesday
     10:30 a.m., Reserved for cases scheduled by Judge or Clerk
     11:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Custody/Visitation Cases
     Contested Cases to be scheduled by Judge or Clerk
   4th Wednesday
     10:30 a.m., DCSE Petitions/Show Causes and other support cases
     11:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Custody/Visitation/Support Cases
     Contested Cases to be scheduled by Judge or Clerk

Continuance Policy

GENERAL DISTRICT COURT: Criminal & Traffic - With approval of the Court. Civil - Uncontested cases may be continued once by the Clerk, if the parties are in agreement; otherwise by the Judge. J&DR DISTRICT COURT: Request for continuance must be by written motion and will only be granted for good cause shown.