Civil Cases, Hearings & Trials

Civil Cases

In civil cases, the Circuit Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the General District Court over claims from $4,500 to $25,000 and exclusive original jurisdiction over almost all claims exceeding $25,000. The Circuit Court also has jurisdiction over divorce cases, disputes concerning wills and estates, and controversies involving real property.

The most often mentioned civil claim is a claim for compensation as the result of someone's negligence in causing an automobile accident. Other types of civil claims heard in the Circuit Courts are:
  • Breach of contract
  • Landlord-tenant
  • Libel
  • Product liability
  • Slander

Civil Hearings

Appointments for hearings on civil matters are scheduled through the Judge's Assistant who may be reached at 757-564-2300.

Civil Trials

Counsel and pro se parties are required to file a Praecipe requesting that the Court set the matter for trial. After the Praecipe is filed, the Judge will forward a letter to all counsel and unrepresented parties requesting that they coordinate their available dates and contact the Judge's Assistant by telephone at 757-564-2300 to set the trial date.

Legal Assistance

Need legal assistance? Contact Virginia Access to Justice Commission for Free Self-Help (English) (Spanish)


Williamsburg Legal Aid at 757-220-6837.