Virginia's Judicial System

Suffolk Circuit Court

5th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. W. R. Carter Jr.


Phone: (757) 514-7800
Fax: (757) 514-7103

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Registers close at 4:30 p.m.
No monetary transactions handled after 4:30 p.m.
Passport & Marriage License Applications
accepted 8:30AM - 4:00PM.


P. O. Box 1604
Mills E. Godwin, Jr. Courts Bldg.
150 North Main Street
Suffolk, VA 23439-1604


  • Hon. Carl Edward Eason Jr., Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Lawson Wayne Farmer
  • Hon. Robert H. Sandwich Jr.

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Terms begin, 4th Monday, Jan., March, May, July, Sept. & Nov.
  • Motion Day, every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.
  • Grand Juries, 1st day of Term and 4th Wed in Feb., April, June, Aug., & Oct.; 2nd Wed. in Dec.
  • Civil cases set by civil court administrator.
  • Court convenes 9:30 a.m.
  • Commissions in Chancery are utilized in divorce, annulments, and depositions.
  • Instructions must be submitted prior to trial.
  • Local rules adopted pursuant to Section 8.01-4.