Virginia's Judicial System

Suffolk General District Court

5th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet


Ms Deborah Jane Gardner


Phone: (757) 514-4822
Fax: (757) 514-7783

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


150 North Main Street
Suffolk, VA 23434-4552


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

Court Schedule

Arraignment Hearings (Courtroom #1)
   Mon. - Fri., 9:00 a.m.
Preliminary Hearings & DUI
   Mon. & Tues., 10:00 a.m.
   Wed., 9:00 a.m. Contested
   Wed., 10:00 a.m. Uncontested
   Small Claims
   3rd Thurs., 1:00 p.m.
Traffic & Misdemeanors
   Tues., Thurs., & Fri., 10:00 a.m.
Game Wardens
   3rd Thurs., 9:00 a.m.
City Cases
   1st Thurs., 9:00 a.m.
   Mon. & Tues.
Parking Violations
   3rd Thurs., 2:00 p.m.

Continuance Policy

Continuances granted by Clerk or Judge on motion for good cause only. Traffic cases may be continued no more than two times by the Clerk. Any further continuance requests must be approved by the Judge.