Virginia's Judicial System

Nelson Circuit Court

24th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Judy Stevens Smythers


Phone: (434) 263-7020
Fax: (434) 263-7027

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


P. O. Box 10
84 Courthouse Square, 1st Floor
Lovingston, VA 22949-0010


  • Hon. John T. Cook, Chief Judge
  • Hon. R. Edwin Burnette Jr.
  • Hon. Michael T. Garrett
  • Hon. James W. Updike Jr.
  • Hon. F. Patrick Yeatts

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Terms begin, 4th Tuesday, Jan, March, May, Sept , & Nov.
  • Grand Juries, 1st day of Term.
  • All cases set on Term Day or directly through Judge at other times.
  • Court convenes 9:30 a.m.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized in general chancery causes. Divorce cases not usually referred.