General District Court

 

General Information

The General District Court decides civil suits involving amounts of money up to $25,000, traffic cases, and misdemeanor criminal cases. A misdemeanor is any charge, which carries a penalty of no more than one year in jail or a fine of up to $2,500, or both. The General District Court also holds preliminary hearings in felony cases. Any charge, which may be punishable by more than one year in jail, is called a felony. For a list of forms for General District Court, please follow this link.

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Court Schedules

1st, 3rd & 4th Thursday of each month
8:30 a.m.  Traffic
9:00 a.m.  Arraignments
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Traffic
11:00 a.m.  Criminal Trials
1:30 p.m.  Civil Cases

 

For more information on the date and time of your appearance, visit the Virginia’s Judicial Systems website.

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Payment/Appeal/Continuance Information

Prepayments can be paid online with Visa or MasterCard at www.courts.state.va.us. Click on “Pay Traffic Tickets” and follow the instructions to prepay. There is a 4% convenience fee for this service.

For automated prepayment information call (804) 769-4949. Payments are accepted until 4:15 p.m.

Payments must be received in the office within 30 days of conviction or if unpaid will transmit to Department of Motor Vehicles as a suspension of your drivers license.

Please click here for the Courts payment agreement guidelines.

Notices of appeal should be filed in person within 10 calendar days from your conviction date.

The Commonwealth Attorney grants continuances for criminal cases. The Clerk grants the first continuance on traffic cases. The Judge grants all subsequent continuances.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I continue my traffic case?

You are allowed one continuance, which is granted by the Clerk. Your case will be continued to the officers next available court date. The presiding Judge grants any further continuances.

What time is my court case?

Please visit the Virginias Judicial System website at www.courts.state.va.us & click on General District Court Case Information. Court starts promptly at the scheduled time, please be on time to avoid further fines.

Where are you located?

The General District Court Clerk’s Office is located in the new Courts & Public Safety Building at 351 Courthouse Lane.

What are your hours?

The clerks office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on legal holidays.

What is the latest I can pay a ticket?

All prepayments must be received in this office at least one day prior to your court date. No payments will be accepted on court day before court.

Can I prepay my speeding ticket?

Yes, prepayments can be paid online with Visa or MasterCard at www.courts.state.va.us. Click on “Pay Traffic Tickets” and follow the instructions to prepay. There is a 4% convenience fee for this service.

Is there a fee for being tried in my absence?

Yes, if you fail to appear, you will be tried in your absence and billed for the fine and costs at the address listed on the summons issued to you by the officer.

How long after court do I have to pay my bill?

You have 30 calendar days from the date of conviction to pay the amount due before the suspension date.

Can I appeal the courts decision?

Yes, You have 10 days from the conviction date to appear in the Clerks office to note your appeal.

Who do I make my check/money order payable to?

All payments are payable to the GENERAL DISTRICT COURT.

How do I figure my ticket amount?

All speeding violations can be prepaid. The fine is computed at $6.00 per mile over the posted speed limit, except speeding in a school zone or speeding in a highway work zone which are computed at $7.00 per mile over the posted speed limit. Add the court-processing fee of $61.00. If you received more than one summons at the same time add the $61.00 processing fee to the first summons and $10.00 for each additional summons with the exception of a seat belt violation.

How much is a seat belt violation?

A seat belt violation for a driver or a passenger over the age of 18 years old is a $25.00 civil penalty with no additional cost or processing fee.

What is the mailing address?

King William General District Court
351 Courthouse Lane, Suite 201
King William, VA 23086

What payments do you accept?

You may pay by personal check, money order, cashiers check, VISA or MasterCard. To pay by Visa or MasterCard, fill in the credit card authorization information on the reverse side of the prepayable information sheet given to you by the officer. Mail your payment payable to the General District Court or your credit card authorization information to the court at 351 Courthouse Lane, Suite 201, King William, VA 23086. There is a 4% convenience fee for this service.

How can I pay by credit card if I do not have the credit card authorization form?

You may pay by credit card by fax. You will need to fax us an authorization letter with the credit card information, expiration date, and total of the ticket(s) along with the cardholders signature. If you are paying for another person please note their name and include a phone number where you can be reached in case there is a problem. The fax number is (804) 769-4971. There is a 4% convenience fee for this service.

May I prepay a reckless driving violation?

You may not prepay a reckless driving charge.

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Contact Information

Jill C. Hall, Clerk

King William General District Court
351 Courthouse Lane, Suite 201
King William, VA 23086

Phone: (804) 769-4947
Fax: (804) 769-4971

F.O.I.A Contact: Jill Hall
Phone: 804-769-4947
Fax: 804-769-4971
Email: jhall@courts.state.va.us

The General District Court Clerk’s Office is located in the new Courts & Public Safety Building at 351 Courthouse Lane.

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court

In Virginia, a juvenile is any person under 18 years of age. The Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court hears all matters involving juveniles such as criminal or traffic matters. Juvenile delinquency cases are cases involving a minor under the age of 18 who has been accused of committing an offense that would be considered criminal if committed by an adult. Other juvenile offenses may be referred to as status offenses. Status offenses are those acts that are unlawful only because they are committed by a minor. In addition, this court handles other matters involving the family such as custody, support and visitation.

The court also hears family abuse cases, cases where adults have been accused of child abuse or neglect, and criminal cases where the defendant and alleged victim are family or household members. Because of confidentiality laws, the clerk’s office can often only provide very limited information about a case and then only to those people involved with the case.

This court does not conduct jury trials. All cases are heard by a judge. The judges of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court are elected by the General Assembly for six year terms. The Honorable George C. Fairbanks, IV currently presides in King William County, which lies in the state’s 9th Judicial District.

Each court has a court clerk’s office which processes all case papers, keeps court records and provides information to the people involved in a case (to the extent permitted by law). Anyone wishing to make a witness appear at a court hearing may request the issuance of a subpoena (a document used to require a person to come to the court hearing) at the court clerk’s office. While court personnel are not permitted to offer legal assistance, they can provide general procedural information. Because of confidentiality laws, the clerk’s office can often only provide very limited information about a case and then only to those people involved with the case. Back to top

Court Schedules

2nd & 4th Monday of each month
Counsel Hearings 8:30 a.m.
Traffic Cases 9:00 a.m.
Criminal Cases 9:30 a.m.
Dispositions 10:30 a.m.
Protective Orders 1:00 p.m.
Contested Custody/Visitation 1:30 p.m.
3rd Monday of each month (at King & Queen Courthouse)
Support 11:30 a.m.
4th Monday of each month
Mediation for Custody/Visitation 9:00 a.m.

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Contact Information

Shannon Meadowcroft, Court Clerk
King William Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court
351 Courthouse Lane, Suite 206
King William, VA 23086
Phone: (804) 769-4975
Fax: (804) 769-4940

F.O.I.A Contact: Shannon Meadowcroft
Phone: 804-769-4975
Fax: 804-769-4940
Email: SMeadowcroft@courts.state.va.us

The Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Clerk’s Office is located in the new Courts & Public Safety Building at 351 Courthouse Lane. Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Circuit Court

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General Information

The circuit court is the trial court of general jurisdiction in Virginia and has authority to try both civil and criminal cases. Civil cases involve essentially private disputes between two or more parties; criminal cases are proceedings by the State against individuals accused of a crime.

In civil cases, the circuit court has concurrent jurisdiction with the general district court over claims from $4,500 to $15,000 and exclusive original jurisdiction over almost all claims exceeding $15,000. The circuit court also has jurisdiction over all equity matters, including divorce cases, disputes concerning wills and estates, and controversies involving property.

In criminal cases, the circuit court has jurisdiction over the trial of all felonies (offenses that may be punished by commitment to the Department of Corrections) and of those misdemeanors (offenses carrying a penalty of not more than twelve months in jail) originally charged in circuit court. The circuit court also has jurisdiction over juveniles aged fifteen and older who are charged with felonies and whose cases have been certified by the judge of a juvenile and domestic relations district court for trial in a circuit court.

The circuit court has appellate jurisdiction over all appeals from general district court in civil and criminal cases and from juvenile and domestic relations district court in matters originating in that court.

Jury trials are heard only in circuit court, and only the circuit court has the authority to impanel regular and special grand juries.

The Virginia circuit court system is composed of thirty-one judicial circuits with one hundred twenty-two separate circuit courts. King William County lies in Virginia’s 9th circuit which is presided over by the Honorable Thomas B. Hoover. Circuit court judges are elected by the General Assembly for an eight-year term and are required to reside in the circuit they serve.

For further information about Virginia’s judicial system follow this link to the website for the state’s court system.

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Court Schedules

In King William County, Circuit Court cases are heard in the historic courthouse, at 227 Courthouse Lane, in the County’s administrative complex. Court terms begin the first Monday of February, April, June, August, October and December, with Grand Juries meeting at 9 a.m. the first day of each term. If a Term Day falls on a legal holiday, the term will commence on the following day. The criminal docket is held at 9 a.m and the civil docket is held at 11 a.m.

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Clerk of Circuit Court

The Clerk of the Circuit Court is a constitutional official who is elected to an eight-year term by the citizens of King William. The clerk is the administrative officer for the court and the custodian of the court records. The clerk has the authority to probate wills, grant administration of estates, and appoint guardians.The clerk is also responsible for recording all deeds, deeds of trust, assignments and plats. Marriage licenses are issued by the clerk of circuit court. The records of these items date to 1885 in King William County.
Patricia Norman

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Contact Information

King William Circuit Court
351 Courthouse Lane, Suite 130
King William, VA 23086

Phone: (804) 769-4936
Fax: (804) 769-4991

F.O.I.A Contact: Patricia Norman
Phone: 804-769-4936
Fax: 804-769-4991
Email: pnorman@courts.state.va.us

The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is located in the new Courts & Public Safety Building at 351 Courthouse Lane.

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Staff

Patricia M. Norman
Clerk
(804) 769-4936
pnorman@courts.state.va.us

Brenda V. Taylor
Deputy Clerk
(804) 769-4938
btaylor@courts.state.va.us

Sandy Walter
Deputy Clerk
(804) 769-3118
swalter@courts.state.va.us

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