Sussex VA Lawyers Riley & Wells for Criminal & Traffic Defense


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    Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law, PLLC, is a limited liability company that is registered to practice law with the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission. Our attorneys are licensed to practice law by the Virginia State Bar. We are a local law firm that represents clients every week before the Sussex County Virginia Circuit, General District, and Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts. Virginia is a large state and we believe that clients are better represented by local attorneys who regularly appear before the same Courts.

    Sussex Circuit Court


    Hon. Gary M. Williams


    Phone: (434) 246-1012
    Phone: (434) 246-5511 Ext. 1012
    Fax: (434) 246-2203

    Clerk’s Office Hours

    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


    P. O. Box 1337
    15088 Courthouse Road
    Route 735
    Sussex, VA 23884


    • 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, Jan., Mar., July, Sept., & Nov.
    • The May term is usually scheduled to begin at an alternate date, due to a mandated judicial conference the 2nd week in May.
    • Civil cases set by praecipe submitted through Wednesday preceding docket call. An attorney must appear at docket call, unless arrangements have been made through the court administrator, Ms. Susan Chappell at 804-733-2623.
    • Grand Juries, 1st day of Term.
    • All Cases set on Term Day.
    • Court convenes 9:00 a.m. (except first day of term which is 10:00 a.m.)
    • Commissioners are utilized in partition matters, interrogatories and drawing of juries.
    • Instructions must be submitted 5 days prior to trial.
    • Local Rules adopted pursuant to Section 8.01-4.
    • The Sussex Circuit Court will forward final orders by regular mail, or by hand on the day of entry, certified copies of the final order to counsel or pro se parties once we receive the judge’s signature. There is not a significant time lapse once the order has been entered, unless there is an untimely delay in receiving it by mail.

    Sussex General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts


    Ms Faye Parham Yelverton


    Phone: (434) 246-1096
    Fax: (434) 246-6604

    Clerk’s Office Hours

    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


    P. O. Box 1315
    15098 Courthouse Road
    State Route 735
    Sussex, VA 23884

    General District Judges

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

    Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

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

    Court Schedule

    Monday - Civil/Criminal
       9:00 a.m., Uncontested Civil
       10:00 a.m., Arraignments, Bond Hearings, Criminal Trials
       12:30 noon, Contested Civil; Hearing time case specific
       1:30 p.m., Prison Criminal/Civil
       2:30 p.m., Contested Civil; Hearing time case specific
    Tuesday - County/Town Traffic
       9:00 a.m., Sussex County Sheriff's Department Traffic
       10:00 a.m., Town of Waverly Traffic
       11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 12:30 p.m., Arraignments,
         Attorney Related Bond Hearings, Plea Bargains, Trials
       1:30 p.m., Sussex County Sheriff's Department Traffic
    Thursday - State Police
       9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., & 10:30 a.m., State Police 
       11:00 a.m., Arraignments, Attorney Related Bond Hearings
         Plea Bargains, Trials
    Juvenile & Domestic Relations
       1st & 4th Wednesday
         8:30 a.m., Criminal Arraignments
         9:00 a.m., Juvenile Traffic
         10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Criminal Cases
       1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Civil Case
       2nd Wednesday
         10:00 a.m., DSS Cases
         1:00 p.m., Civil Cases
       2nd Friday
         8:30 a.m., Criminal Arraignments
         9:00 a.m., Juvenile Traffic
         10:00 a.m., Criminal Cases
       3rd Friday
         9:00 a.m., DCSE Arraignments
         9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., DCSE Cases
         1:00 p.m., Civil Cases

    Continuance Policy

    In traffic and criminal cases, one continuance granted without cause by Clerk; subsequently granted only for cause. In civil cases, continuances granted by Clerk upon agreement of all parties.