Virginia's Judicial System

Williamsburg/James City County General District Court

9th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet


Ms Karen D.K. Snyder


Phone: (757) 564-2400
Press 7 on menu for staff person
Fax: (757) 564-2410

Clerk's Office Hours

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM


5201 Monticello Avenue, Suite 2
Williamsburg, VA 23188-8218

**Appropriate attire required in the Courtroom.**

In order to maintain order and uphold the dignity and decorum of the judicial branch of our government, rules of conduct and attire for litigants, counsel, witnesses, court staff and spectators will ensure that persons in the courtroom do not obstruct or interfere with the orderly transaction of court business nor degrade or insult the dignity of the judicial process, judicial officers, witnesses, or others in the courtroom.

Shirts (with shirt tails tucked in) and shoes must be worn in the courtroom.

Prohibited attire includes: shorts of any kind, or cut-off jeans; halter, tube or tank tops, "muscle shirts"; strapless dresses/tops; shirts/tops with midriffs exposed; mini-skirts; clothing with obscene, vulgar or offensive language or pictures; see-through blouses; bathing suits; sunglasses; flip flops; hats or bandanas.

In addtion, the following are also not allowed: food and beverage; chewing gum; tobacco products of any kind; cell phones or other electronic devices (unless necessary for a court hearing, and with the Judge's permission).


  • Hon. Colleen K. Killilea, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Stephen Ashton Hudgins, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Stephanie E. Merritt

Court Schedule

   Thurs., all day
   1st, 2nd & 3rd Tues., 1:00 p.m.
   1st & 3rd Fri., 8:00 a.m.
   Uncontested Cases
   Mon., 1:30 p.m.
   Contested Cases
   Tues., 10:30 a.m., 4th Wed., 1:30 p.m., & Fri. afternoons
   Small Claims: 1st & 3rd Tues., 10:30 a.m.
   Mon., 8:00 a.m.
   4th Tues., 1:30 p.m.
   4th Wed., 8:00 a.m.
   2nd & 4th Fri., 8:00 a.m.
Appointment of Counsel
   Tues., 8:30 a.m.
Show Cause Summonses
   Tues., 10:00 a.m.

Continuance Policy

Contact the court directly for any continuance requests.