Virginia's Judicial System


Winchester/Frederick General District Court

26th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet

Clerk


Ms Brenda L. Vance

Phone/Fax


Phone: (540) 722-7208
Fax: (540) 722-1063

Clerk's Office Hours


8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Address


Judicial Center
5 North Kent Street
Winchester, VA 22601-5037

Judges

  • Hon. David Shaw Whitacre, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Richard A. Claybrook Jr., Chief Judge
  • Hon. John Stanley Hart Jr.
  • Hon. W. Dale Houff
  • Hon. Amy B. Tisinger

Court Schedule

Civil
   Thurs., First call returns
   8:30 a.m., Special return docket - designated
   9:00 a.m., General return - local attorneys
   9:45 a.m., General return - non-attorneys
   11:00 a.m., Special return docket - designated
   1:00 p.m., General return docket - out of town attorneys
   2:00 p.m., Trials set by the Judge
   5th Friday
   Civil trials all day as set by Judge
   2nd Friday
   2:00 p.m., Small Claims

Criminal & Traffic
   Monday
   8:30 a.m., Felony returns
   9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 p.m., State Police non-felony 
   returns
   1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m., Frederick Co. Deputy return docket
   9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
     Winchester police non-felony returns
   Tuesday
   8:30 a.m., Private Complaints (non-felony) return docket - 
   Frederick
   9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
     Trial dockets - Frederick Co. - Traffic
   11:30 a.m., Bond hearings
   12:00 p.m., Special motions
   1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., & 3:00 p.m.
     Trials and preliminary hearings - Frederick Co. - Criminal
   Wednesday
   8:30 a.m., Non-felony return docket-Winchester
   9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
     Traffic & Criminal trials and preliminary hearings - 
        Winchester
   12:00 p.m., Special motions - Winchester
   1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., & 3:00 p.m.
     Traffic & Criminal trials and preliminary hearings - 
        Winchester

Bond Arraignments (video)
   12:00 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

ASAP/Non-Compliant Docket/Special Patrol Docket
   1st Friday
   Civil trials all day as scheduled by Judge
   2nd Friday
   9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 11:30 
   a.m.
     Non compliant cases for Winchester & Frederick Co.
   12:00 p.m., Bond hearings
   1:00 p.m., Small claims docket call and trials
   3rd Friday
   9:00 a.m., DWI & Marijuana case returns
   11:00 a.m., Marijuana probation return docket (dispositions)
   12:00 p.m., Bond hearings
   1:00 p.m., Civil trials or criminal trials as set by Judge
   4th Friday
   9:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
     Frederick Co. - Special Patrol Traffic
   12:00 p.m., Bond hearings
   1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m., Frederick Co. - Special Patrol Traffic 
   returns
   5th Friday
   Listed under Civil

Continuance Policy

Continuances granted by Judge on motion.