About Circuit Court Judges

Circuit Court judges are elected for an eight-year term by the Virginia General Assembly. Judges for the Colonial Heights Circuit Court, 12th Judicial Circuit of Virginia are:

  • Honorable M. Duncan Minton, Jr., Presiding Judge
  • Honorable Jayne A. Pemberton, Presiding Judge
  • Honorable Steven C. McCallum, Chief Judge
  • Honorable Steven B. Novey, Presiding Judge
  • Honorable David E. Johnson, Presiding Judge
  • Honorable Edward A. Robbins, Jr., Presiding Judge

Terms of Court

The terms of court are as follows:

  • Terms begin the first Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November.
  • The first day of term for grand juries is at 10:00 am.
  • Civil cases are set by consent of counsel with the Clerk of Circuit Court or at docket call.
  • Criminal cases are set by the Circuit Court Clerk on designated days.
  • Court convenes at 8:00 am and 9:00 am, depending on the docket.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized in general chancery cases and in designated divorce cases.