Virginia's Judicial System

New Kent Circuit Court

9th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Karen A. Butler


Phone: (804) 966-9520
Fax: (804) 966-9528

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


P. O. Box 98
12001 Courthouse Circle
New Kent, VA 23124-0098


  • Hon. Michael E. McGinty, Chief Judge
  • Hon. B. Elliott Bondurant
  • Hon. Richard H. Rizk
  • Hon. Jeffrey W. Shaw

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Court convenes: 9:00 a.m.
  • Terms begin, 2nd Monday Jan; 3rd Monday Mar., May, July, Sept., & Nov.
  • Grand Juries, 1st day of Term at 9:00 a.m.
  • Praecipes must be filed by seven days preceding civil term day.
  • Civil cases are set for trial by conference call with the Judge.
  • Instructions must be submitted 2 days prior to trial.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are rarely used and only at request of attorneys.
  • Local Rules adopted pursuant to Section 8.01-4 for divorce cases.