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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Colonial Heights Court Update

Chesterfield and Colonial Heights Circuit Courts: 

Courthouse Access and Docket Information for May 18 – June 7, 2020

A notice on Courthouse Access and Docket Information for May 18 – June 7, 2020 is available here and Colonial Heights information is also included below.


Courthouse Visitor Access 

The Sheriff’s Office will ensure compliance with social distancing and building entry requirements for all courthouse visitors. Deputies will screen visitors for elevated temperature and make inquiries regarding COVID exposure risk.

Limiting courthouse visitors is critical to maintaining public health and safety. Attorneys and parties to cases, testifying witnesses, crime victims, court reporters, grand jurors, contractors, those persons with appointments, and members of the media will be admitted if they do not have a temperature of 100 or greater and do not have a COVID exposure risk factor. Other visitors, ordinarily welcomed, are highly discouraged at this time.

Masks are not required for admittance to the Circuit Court. Masks/personal protective equipment (PPE) will not be issued to courthouse visitors. All available disposable PPE is being allocated to medical and first responder personnel. Anyone who wishes to bring and to wear a mask of their own to/in a court facility may do so.

Docket Information 

Beginning on May 18, 2020, the Circuit Court will expand its operations from “emergency limited” to hearing all scheduled non-jury criminal and civil dockets. Criminal cases will take priority.

With the exception of jury trials, all cases scheduled for May 18, 2020 or later remain on the docket as scheduled. With the exception of jury trials, continuances for all cases set on May 18 or later are NOT automatic and will be considered only upon written motion. COVID related continuances will ordinarily be favorably considered.

Jury trials – In specific compliance with the Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia dated May 6, 2020, all civil and criminal jury trials previously set through June 7, 2020 are continued generally. Jury trials beyond June 7th remain as previously scheduled. These cases will be continued, if necessary, to comply with Orders of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or upon a continuance order entered by the presiding judge in an individual case.

Circuit pre-trials - will begin at 8:30 AM on Tuesdays.

Adult Drug Court - in-person Drug Court will resume on May 20, 2020. Participants will be contacted directly for dates they are required to appear in court.

Remote hearings (telephone and video conferencing) – these remain an available option for many civil and criminal matters. Testimony from witnesses will not be permitted using a voice-only telephone. Video matters can be conducted--please contact the Clerk’s Office for further information.

Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Notice - May 11, 2020

General District Court 3rd Revised Order - May 15, 2020