Virginia Beach Courthouses
Right on the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk is the cultural center for the Hampton Roads region. Although technically part of the American South, Norfolk has a distinctly culture due to the diverse population brought together by the large military bases nearby. Virginia Beach may be Norfolk's relaxed neighbor, with its varied resorts, beaches, and nightlife. For better or for worse, however, one thing residents of each may have in common is an eventual trip to court, whether it be as a juror, witness, or party.
The Virginia court system consists of two layers at the trial level. Generally, the big-time Circuit Courts have jurisdiction over large civil lawsuits and felony criminal cases, while the small-time District Courts’ jurisdiction is limited to misdemeanors and civil actions worth less than $25,000. The specialized Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts handle specific types of cases.
There are two federal courts for the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia in or around Norfolk. There are so many courthouses in Hampton Roads, and their exact purposes are tough to figure out, so FindLaw has created this guide to Virginia Beach and Norfolk courthouses to help you find the right one.