Welcome to the website for the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for the County of Henrico, Virginia.
This web site is designed to give you general information on the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, and the Virginia Court System. Topics include general information, custody and visitation, child support, criminal, domestic violence and other topics related to the Court.
This website is not a substitute for legal advice. You are encouraged to consult with an attorney regarding law issues. Please refer to the section titled "finding an attorney" on the web site that may be able to assist you.
Effective, May 18, 2020, the Henrico Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court will resume running all 5 courtrooms with modifications of the dockets. The Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court has extended the declaration of the judicial emergency through July 19.
All juvenile traffic cases will be rescheduled for another date by the Court on its own. All Division of Child Support Enforcement Cases (DCSE) except for those involving incarcerated individuals will be automatically continued by the Court.
In all other cases, each Judge determine which cases to continue in their discretion. Parties and Counsel should be prepared to appear in Court unless the following applies:
- The Court continues the Case on its own;
- The Court has granted a party's motion to continue;
- The Court has granted a request for a remote hearing
The Court will continue to have a liberal continuance policy.
The Court will entertain Motions for Remote Hearings from Pro Se litigants via 1). Telephone and 2). Web Ex. All parties must agree to the remote hearing.
The motions will be available in the lobby of the courthouse and on the Henrico County J&DR website https://henrico.us/jdrcourt/.
The Motion for Continuance and Motion for Remote Hearing may be submitted to the Court via 1). dropbox at the entrance of the courthouse 2). Fax (804) 501-4756 3). regular mail or 4). email: JDRinfo@henrico.us.
If a remote hearing is granted, any exhibits to be submitted to the Court shall be sent at least 3 business days prior to the scheduled hearing. The Exhibits may be submitted to the Court via 1). dropbox at the entrance of the courthouse 2). Fax (804) 501-4756 or 3). email JDRExhibits@henrico.us. Please ensure that you have provided the opposing counsel/party with the exhibits as well. Please ensure that you are also abiding by any pre-trial scheduling order entered by the Court.
The Court will also begin holding Virtual Driver's License Ceremonies via Web Ex.
Entry into the Building
All persons entering the Courthouse including the staff will enter through the main entrance of the Courthouse. Upon entry all persons including staff will continue to be asked questions to determine possible exposure to COVID-19 and will continue to submit to the taking of their body temperature. Those persons whose answers and temperature raise red flags of possible exposure will not be allowed to enter the building.
Only the litigants, court professionals and necessary witnesses will be allowed to enter the courthouse.
Other than a child who has a delinquency or CHINS hearing before the Court, we strongly discourage parents from bringing children to Court. Parents are not to bring children for custody cases unless a Judge has approved prior to the hearing.
In an effort to control traffic in and out of the Courthouse, entry into the courthouse for the parties will be allowed only 15 minutes prior to their scheduled hearing.
All persons entering the building will be required to practice social distancing. Markings on the floors and chairs will assist the public with where to sit and stand.
In compliance with the Governor’s Order face masks/coverings fully covering the nose and mouth are required. Failure to do so may result in not being allowed in the Courthouse. Only persons without a mask who have a valid exception listed in section D of Executive Order No. 63 will be allowed to enter the Courthouse.
Anyone not abiding by the rules and requirements of the Court or anyone exhibiting contemptuous behavior while checking in to the Courthouse will be required to exit the building.
Please be warned that court forms, laws and local rules change all the time. Though best efforts are made to keep this site current, some of the information may be dated. For questions on any aspect of the web site, please contact the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court at (804) 501 4688.
There is a $25 filing fee per petition for custody and visitation matters. Waiver of the fees may be requested when filing petitions through the Court Service Unit.
Decisions regarding court closings and delays are made by the Chief Judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court after contacting the Chief Judge of the Henrico Circuit Court. Once a decision has been made, Henrico Circuit Court notifies all local tv networks(6, 8, or 12).Read more about COURT CLOSINGS AND DELAYS
The dress code at this facility is strictly enforced. Please review the Dress Code page.
The parent/guardian should make every effort to leave the child at home under adult supervision unless the court directs you to bring your child to court. Child care is not available at the court.
Mediation is offered through the Court. You may contact the court for further details.
The Henrico Magistrate’s Office phone number is (804) 501-5285.
4201 East Parham Road
Henrico, VA 23228
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775