Virginia's Judicial System

Roanoke City Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

23rd Judicial District of Virginia

Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts Informational Pamphlet


Ms Michelle Ong Esparagoza


Phone: (540) 853-2389
Fax: (540) 853-1195

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


315 W. Church Ave. S.W.
1st Floor
Roanoke, VA 24016-5024


All cell phones, cameras, video recording devices or similar equipment is prohibited in the courthouse without court authorization.

Persons exempted from this policy are law enforcement personnel, attorneys, and courthouse staff.

Individuals who need their phones/devices for evidence or any other purpose

must request permission from the court, and permission may be granted by the judge on a case by case basis.


  • Hon. Leisa K. Ciaffone, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Hilary D. Griffith, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Frank W. Rogers III, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Heather P. Ferguson, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Adam H. Moseley

Court Schedule

   Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m.

Detention Hearings
   Mon. - Fri., 1:30 p.m.

Civil Cases (Custody, Visitation and Support)
   Mon., Tues., & Thurs., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 

DCSE - Division of Child Support Enforcement
   Mon. & Wed., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 

Adult Criminal
   Mon. - Thurs. 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Juvenile Delinquency
   Mon. & Tues., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
   Thurs., 10:00 a.m.

DSS (Child Dependency Cases)
   Mon. & Wed., 9:00 a.m.
   Tues. & Thurs., 9;00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Adult Protective Orders
   Mon. & Wed., 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

   Tues., 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Contested Cases
   Fri., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Court Community Corrections - Show Cause
   2nd Friday of each month, 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Continuance Policy

Ten day notice required for any continuance request. Criminal cases: All continuance must be cleared with the Commonwealth's Attorney. Civil cases: First continuance granted with both sides in agreement, all subsequent continuances may be granted by a Judge, but only for good cause shown.