Court Overview Process

Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court


The Juvenile and Domestic Relations court handles all matters involving juveniles (any person under the age of 18) and matters between a married couple, family members, individuals who have a child in common, or two people living together. For more information visit the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court website.

General District Court


The General District Court handles all criminal misdemeanor cases, most traffic violations and preliminary hearings for criminal felony cases. For additional details visit the General District Court website.

Circuit Court


The Circuit Court handles all felony charges and misdemeanor appeals from General District Court. View additional details view the Circuit Court website.

Overview of Process


For a comprehensive overview of the criminal justice system in Virginia view the Courts in Brief website published by the Virginia Supreme Court.