Circuit Court & Clerk

The circuit court is the trial court with the broadest powers in Virginia. The circuit court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $15,000. It shares authority with the general district court to hear matters involving between $4,500 and $15,000. The circuit court has the authority to hear serious criminal cases called felonies.
The circuit court also handles family matters, including divorce. In addition, the circuit court hears cases appealed from the general district court and from the juvenile and domestic relations district court.
There is a circuit court in each city and county in Virginia. Circuit court judges are elected by the General Assembly for 8-year terms. 
Terms of Court and General Information
 Terms begin - 2nd Tuesday of February, April, June, October, & December
Grand Juries - 1st day of Term
Cases set on Term Day - Cases also set between docket calls by agreement of court & counsel
Court convenes at 9:30a.m.
Chancellors in Chancery are utilized 

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Contact Us

Deborah C. Mozingo, Clerk of Circuit Court/Chief FOIA Officer
Physical Address
Circuit Court Building
113 Taylor St, Amherst, VA 24521
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Mailing Address
, P.O. Box 462, VA,  24521
  • Phone: (434) 946-9321
  • Fax: (434) 946-9323
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  • Office Hours:
    8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.