Virginia's Judicial System

Arlington General District Court

17th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet


Mr Brian P. Henshaw


Phone: (703) 228-7900

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


1425 North Courthouse Road
Suite 2400
Second Floor
Arlington, VA 22201-2622


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

Court Schedule

Criminal Court (Courtroom 3B)
   Monday - Friday
     9:00 a.m., Bond Motions, In-Custody Arraignments
     9:30 a.m., Misdemeanor Trials & Non Jailable Offenses
     10:00 a.m., Emergency Motions, Status Reviews
     10:30 a.m., Misdemeanor Trials
     11:30 a.m., Preliminary Hearings
   Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
     2:00 p.m., Out of Custody Arraignments, Protective Orders
     *On Wednesday, Full Protective Order hearings heard at 3:00 
     2:00 p.m and 3:00 p.m., Sentencing/Probation Violations
     10:00 a.m., Bond Forfeitures

Traffic Court (Courtroom 3C)
   Monday - Friday
     9:00 a.m., Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) and Metro 
        Traffic Cases
     10:00 a.m., ACPD (M, Tu, Th, F)
     10:00 a.m., Metro Washington Airport Authority (Wednesdays 
     11:00 a.m., Virginia State Police (Monday - Friday)
     2:00 p.m., ACPD (M, W, F)
   1st Friday - Parking Ticket Docket
     9:00 a.m., Parking Tickets
     10:00 a.m., Parking Tickets
     11:00 a.m., Parking Tickets
     2:00 p.m., Bus and Photo Red Lights
     3:00 p.m., Parking Tickets
   4th Wednesday - Hot Lane Docket
     9:00 a.m., HOT Lane (VDOT)
     10:30 a.m., HOT Lanes (VDOT)

Civil Court (Courtroom 3D)
   Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays
     9:00 a.m., Traffic Cases
     10:00 a.m, Civil Trials
     2:00 p.m., Civil Returns, Pre-Trial Conferences
     2:00 p.m., Civil Motions (cannot be decided on the papers)
     9:30 a.m., Small Claims (except the 1st Friday of the month 
        reserved for parking ticket docket)
     2:00 p.m., Civil Returns, Pre-Trial Conferences
   5th Wednesday
     Civil Trials (3 hours of more)

Continuance Policy

Continuances granted by Judge on motion.