Last updated: December 13, 2013
Whether you like fine art, Civil War history, or attend NASCAR events at the Richmond International Speedway (or all of the above!), Richmond is a city unlike any other. Steeped in rich history, this city was founded in 1737, is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia and was the place of Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech during the Revolutionary War.
If you’re a resident, you know there are several of courthouses in the area. If you have a criminal, civil, probate or family law matter, it’s probably in one of the circuit courts. FindLaw has compiled a list of both state and federal courts, plus some helpful information on what types of cases each court handles.
Note: The Supreme Court is the highest state court in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its primary function is to review decisions of the lower courts. If you need help locating a case, click here.
Note: This court provides appellate review of final decisions of the circuit courts in domestic relations matters, appeals from decisions of an administrative agency, traffic infractions and criminal cases, except where a sentence of death has been imposed. It also hears appeals of final decisions of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission.
Note: This court handles both civil and criminal matters. Richmond Traffic Court is also located in this building and can be reached at (804) 646-6431.
Note: The Richmond Adult Drug Court Program is an to incarceration and probation for selected non-violent felony offenders with substance abuse problems. The cases of these offenders initially appear on any circuit court judge's docket for sentencing or probation revocation hearings. You must be accepted into the program.
Note: The juvenile and domestic relations district court handles cases involving: Juvenile Delinquency, Child Abuse/Neglect/Custody/Visitation/Support, Foster Care, Emancipation, Support Orders, Family Law.
Note: Magistrate duties include issuing various types of processes such as arrest warrants, summonses, bonds, search warrants, subpoenas, and certain civil warrants. Magistrates also conduct bail hearings.
Note: This office holds evidentiary hearings at its main branch office and various satellite offices throughout the state. Call to learn more or speak to a qualified worker’s compensation attorney.
Division: Federal Appellate Court
Note: This is the appellate court for Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Note: The Richmond division handles bankruptcy cases from the following areas: the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Fredericksburg, Hopewell, Richmond and Petersburg, and the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Caroline, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Essex, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Nottoway, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Surry, Sussex and Westmoreland.