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Historic York County VA Courthouse

York County VA Courthouse

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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 represent clients before the York County General District Court. The Town of Yorktown is the county seat of York County. We believe that clients are better represented by attorneys who regularly appear before the same Courts.

    York County VA | Yorktown General District Court


    Ms Melanie H. Stephens


    Phone: (757) 890-3450
    Fax: (757) 890-3459

    Clerk’s Office Hours

    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


    P. O. Box 316
    300 Ballard Street
    Yorktown, VA 23690-0316

    **Appropriate attire required in the Courtroom.**

    In order to maintain order and uphold the dignity and decorum

    of the judicial branch of our government, rules of conduct and

    attire for litigants, counsel, witnesses, court staff and spectators

    will ensure that persons in the courtroom do not obstruct or

    interfere with the orderly transaction of court business nor

    degrade or insult the dignity of the judicial process,

    judicial officers, witnesses or others in the courtroom.

    Shirts (with shirt tails tucked in) and shoes must be worn in the courtroom.


    -Shorts of any kind, or cut off jeans;

    -Halter, tube or tank tops, “muscle shirts”; strapless dresses/tops;

    -Shirts/tops with midriffs exposed; mini-skirts;

    -Clothing with obscene, vulgar or offensive language or pictures;

    -See-through blouses/dresses

    -Sunglasses; flip flops; hats or bandanas.

    In addition, the following are not allowed:

    -Food and beverage; chewing gum; use of tobacco products

    -Cell phones or other electronic devices

    (unless necessary for a court hearing, AND with the Judge’s permission).


    • Hon. Stephen Ashton Hudgins, Chief Judge
    • Hon. Joshua P. DeFord
    • Hon. Stephanie E. Merritt

    Court Schedule

    Counsel Determinations
       Mon. - Wed., 8:30 a.m.
    Show Cause Hearings, Motions & Pleas
       Wed., 8:00 a.m.
       York Sheriff's Office
       1st, 3rd,  & 4th Mon., 9:00 a.m.
       Wed., 1:30 p.m.
       City of Poquoson Police
       2nd Mon., 9:00 a.m.
       4th Wed., 9:00 a.m.
       Virginia State Police
       Tues., 8:00 a.m.
       York Sheriff's Office
       Mon., 1:00 p.m. (except 3rd Mon.)
       Wed., 9:00 a.m.
       City of Poquoson Police
       2nd Mon., 10:00 a.m.
       4th Wed., 10:00 a.m.
       Virginia State Police
       Tues., 2:00 p.m.
       Uncontested Cases
       Tues., 1:00 p.m.
       Contested Trials
       3rd Mon., 2:00 p.m.
       5th Thurs. and 4th & 5th Fri., 9:00 a.m.
       Small Claims
       3rd Mon., 1:00 p.m.
    Game Warden & Marine Resources Cases
       3rd & 4th Mon., 11:00 a.m.
    Animal Control - York County
       3rd & 4th Mon., 11:00 a.m.
    Animal Control - City of Poquoson
       2nd & 4th Mon., 11:00 a.m.

    Continuance Policy

    In civil cases, first agreeable to both sides granted by Clerk; subsequently granted by Judge. In criminal cases, first continuance granted by Clerk; subsequently by Judge. In traffic cases, first continuance granted by Clerk; subsequently by Judge.

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    2/9/2022 | Updated 6/25/2023