The Henrico Circuit Court is the 14th Judicial Circuit Court in Virginia and is the trial court of general jurisdiction. The Henrico Circuit Court is composed of five full time judges.
Effective August 12, 2021, anyone entering the Circuit and District courthouse is required to wear a mask or face shield while in the interior of the building unless allowed otherwise by a presiding judge.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia has approved the Henrico Circuit Court Plan for the resumption of jury trials commencing September 14, 2020.
In accordance with the continuing Declarations of Judicial Emergency by the Supreme Court of Virginia and in the discretion of the Judges of the Circuit Court:
- The Circuit Court has a separate entrance at the Main Courthouse. Signage will direct you. All persons entering the Courthouse will continue to be screened by courts and security personnel. These screens include temperature checks and COVID-related questions
- The Court will continue to accept pleadings, orders and other documents that are electronically signed, including those where the electronic signature is accomplished by scanning.
- If you have legitimate court business and are ill, caring for someone who is ill, or is otherwise in a high-risk category, as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) call (804) 501-4750 or email email@example.com.
No officer of the Court will call to advise that you failed to report for jury duty or ask for your personal information in the form of date of birth, social security number, or credit card information. You will not receive emails summonsing you to report for jury duty. If you have any questions regarding jury service, call the Jury Officer at (804) 501-4812.
The Circuit Court has authority to try a full range of cases, both civil and criminal, jury and non-jury. Civil cases include a wide variety of business disputes, personal injury, and domestic relations cases. The Henrico Circuit Court is organized into three divisions: Criminal, Civil, and Equity. Here is additional information about the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court.
The Criminal division of the Circuit Court has original jurisdiction of all felony cases. In addition, the Circuit Court hears appeals of misdemeanor cases tried in the General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. The Civil division has exclusive original jurisdiction for all claims seeking $25,000 and above. The Civil division also hears claims for writs, garnishments, and other disputes over money damages. The Equity division has original jurisdiction over all divorces. In addition it hears claims for equitable remedies (or those claims seeking judgment for something other than money) including injunctions, partition suits and adoptions. The Circuit Court also hears appeals of family law cases tried in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (mainly support, custody and visitation issues).
The Henrico County Drug Court is designed to reduce crime and increase the likelihood of successful rehabilitation of its participants after violation of probation.