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    Hopewell Circuit Court


    Hon. Tamara J. Ward


    Phone: (804) 541-2239
    Fax: (804) 541-2438

    Clerk’s Office Hours

    8:30 AM – 4:00 PM


    100 E. Broadway
    Room 251
    Hopewell, VA 23860-2715


    • Hon. William Allan Sharrett, Presiding Judge
    • Hon. William Edward Tomko III, Chief Judge
    • Hon. Carson E. Saunders Jr.

    Terms of Court and General Information

    • Terms begin, 2nd Tuesday, Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct., & Dec.
    • Motions Day, 2nd and 4th Fridays.
    • Grand Juries, 1st day of Term.
    • Civil cases set by praecipe.
    • Civil Court convenes 9:00 a.m.
    • Criminal Court convenes 9:00 a.m.
    • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized in partition suits.
    • Instructions must be submitted 5 days prior to trial.
    • Local rules adopted pursuant to Section 8.01-4.
    • Final Orders will be mailed to all counsel of record and any unrepresented party as soon as they have been entered by the Judge. The preferred practice is to submit self-addressed, stamped envelopes for the return of the certified copies of the Final Order. However, this office will always mail and provide certified copies to all parties whether an envelope has been provided to us or has not been provided to us.

    Hopewell General & Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts


    Ms Ellen Taylor Chiasson


    Phone: (804) 541-2257
    Fax: (804) 541-2364

    Clerk’s Office Hours

    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


    100 East Broadway
    Hopewell, VA 23860

    General District Judges

    • Hon. Bruce A. Clark Jr., Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
    • Hon. Elbert D. Mumphery, Presiding Judge
    • Hon. Churchill Ridley Bain
    • Hon. Lyndia P. Ramsey
    • Hon. Harold Lee Townsend III

    Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

    • Hon. Jacqueline R. Waymack, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
    • Hon. Christopher B. Ackerman, Presiding Judge
    • Hon. Wallace W. Brittle Jr., Presiding Judge

    Court Schedule

    General District
       Monday: Criminal Docket
         8:30 a.m., Bonded Arraignments/ Protective Orders
         9:00 a.m., Video arraignments/bond hearings
         9:30 a.m., Trials/non-attorney cases
         10:00 a.m., Trials/attorney cases
       2nd Monday
         1:00 p.m., City Code Enforcement Cases
         2:00 p.m., Animal Control Cases
       Tuesday - Police Dept. Traffic Docket
         8:30 a.m., Bonded arraignments
         9:00 a.m., Video Arraignments/ Bond Hearings / Non-Attorney 
            Trial Docket
         10:00 a.m., Attorney Docket / Trials
         11:00 a.m., Protective Orders
       Wednesday - Civil Docket
         9:00 a.m., Attorney Cases
         10:00 a.m., Non-attorney cases
         11:00 a.m., Contested cases
         11:30 a.m., Protective Orders
       Thursday - Sheriff's Docket
         8:30 a.m., Bonded arraignments
         9:00 a.m., Video arraignments/bond hearings
         9:30 a.m., Non-attorney public docket
         11:30 a.m., Protective Orders
         1:00 p.m., Attorney cases
         10:00 a.m., Protracted civil cases
    Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
       1st Monday of Month
         9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., DSS/Foster care cases
         1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., DSS/Foster care cases
       Tuesday: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
         8:30 a.m., Bonded Arraignments
         9:00 a.m., Protective Orders
         9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Support/Custody/Visitation Cases
         1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.,  Video Arraignments/Bond Hearings/ 
            Contested Support/Custody/Visitation cases
       Wednesday: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
         8:30 a.m., Bonded arraignments
         9:00 a.m., Protective orders
         9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Support/custody/visitation cases
         1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Video Arraignments/bond hearings/ 
            contested support/ custody/visitation cases
         8:30 a.m., Bonded arraignments
         9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Adult/juvenile criminal trials
         1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Video Arraignments/ Bond Hearings  / 
            Dispositional cases
         2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Adult/juvenile criminal trials
       Friday: 2nd & 4th
         8:30 a.m., Bonded arraignments
         9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Protective orders
         10:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm.m, DCSE support cases
         1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Video Arraignments/ Bond Hearings/ DCSE 
            support cases

    Continuance Policy

    First continuance granted by Clerk; subsequently granted by Judge.

    11/05/2015 | Updated 10/20/2023