Virginia's Judicial System

Southampton General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts

5th Judicial District of Virginia

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


Ms Belinda J. Jones


Phone: (757) 653-2673
Fax: (757) 653-2656

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


1020 Pretlow Street
Franklin, VA 23851-2070

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 347, Courtland, VA 23837

General District Judges

  • Hon. Alfred W. Bates III, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Nicole A. Belote
  • Hon. Helivi L. Holland

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

  • Hon. James E. Wiser, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Stan D. Clark

Court Schedule

General District Court
   2nd & 4th Fri., 1:05 p.m.
   Small Claims
   2nd & 4th Fri., 1:00 p.m.
   Tues., 1:00 p.m.
   Tues. & Fri., 9:00 a.m.
   Town or Local Ordinances
   Tues., 9:00 a.m.

Juvenile & Domestic Relations
1st 4th & 5th Thursday
   8:30 a.m., Arraignments
   9:00 a.m., Criminal cases
   9:30 a.m., Commonwealth Attorney cases
   11:30 a.m., Custody/Visitation
   2:00 p.m., Contested Custody
2nd Thursday
   8:30 a.m., Arraignments
   9:00 a.m., Non DCSE Support & Juvenile Traffic
   9:30 a.m., Support with Court Appointed Attorney
   10:30 a.m., DCSE Cases
3rd Thursday
   8:30 a.m., Arraignments
   9:00 a.m., Juvenile Traffic
   10:00 a.m., Custody/Visitation
*Juvenile detention hearings will be set on any Thursday because of 
the time limits set by law.

Continuance Policy

First continuance granted by Clerk or Judge; thereafter granted by Judge.