Virginia's Judicial System

Roanoke City Circuit Court

23rd Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Brenda S. Hamilton


Phone: (540) 853-6702
Judge Carson's Office: (540) 853-2436
Judge Broadhurst's Office: (540) 853-2051
Judge Dorsey's Office: (540) 853-2437
Judge Weckstein's Office: (540) 853-2435
Judge Swanson's Office: (540) 387-6270
Fax: (540) 853-1024

Clerk's Office Hours

8:15 AM - 4:45 PM
Hours for Judges: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


P. O. Box 2610
315 West Church Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24010-2610

E-mail Address:


  • Hon. William D. Broadhurst, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. David B. Carson, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Charles N. Dorsey, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. James R. Swanson, Chief Judge

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Civil term begins Tuesday after 1st Monday, monthly.
  • Criminal term begins, 1st, Monday, monthly.
  • Grand Juries, 1st Monday, monthly.
  • Civil cases set by praecipe received by clerk 7 days preceding civil docket call, 1st Tuesday after 1st Monday, and by agreement of counsel, by docket judge and secretary.
  • Court convenes 8:30 a.m.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized on petition of counsel or by order of court.