Virginia's Judicial System

Alleghany General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts

25th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts Informational Pamphlet


Ms Susan S. Hutchison


Phone: (540) 965-1720
Fax: (540) 965-1722

Clerk's Office Hours

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


P. O. Box 139
266 West Main Street
Covington, VA 24426-0139

Dress need not be formal but should be clean and neat. Midriffs/stomachs are to be covered at all times, no halter tops. No exposed underwear, trousers are to be worn at the waistline. No shorts. No clothing with rude, obscene or vulgar wording or pictures.

General District Judges

  • Hon. Gordon F. Saunders, Chief Judge
  • Hon. William Harrison Cleaveland
  • Hon. William C. Goodwin

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

  • Hon. Laura L. Dascher, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Anita D. Filson
  • Hon. Linda Schorsch Jones
  • Hon. Paul A. Tucker

Court Schedule

Appointment of counsel
   Mon., 9:00 a.m.
   Small Claims
   Mon., 9:15 a.m.
   General District Civil
   Mon., 9:30 a.m.
   Contested Civil
   Mon., 10:30 a.m.
   Thurs., 9:00 a.m. (Alleghany Sheriff Office)
   Thurs., 2:00 p.m. (City of Covington)
   Contested Cases
   Thurs., 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon & 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
   1st & 3rd Mon., 1:00 p.m. (Civilian Warrants)
   Tues., 9:00 a.m. (State Police)
   Tues., 2:00 p.m. (Clifton Forge)
   3rd Tues., 2:00 p.m. (Town of Iron Gate)
   Contested Cases
   Tues., 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon & 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Non-compliance Show Cause Summons
   1st Tues., 2:00 p.m.
JDR Detention Hearings
   Wed. & Fri., 8:30 a.m.
License Ceremony
   3rd Wed., 8:30 a.m.
DSCE Cases
   4th Wed., 8:30 a.m.
Domestic Relations
   Wed., 8:30 a.m. (Custody/Visitation/Support)
   2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Fri., 8:30 a.m.
   (Juvenile Delinquency/Adult Criminal)

Continuance Policy

First continuance granted by Judge or Clerk; subsequent continuances granted by Judge on motion.