Setting Hearings & Trials

Criminal Hearings & Trials

Criminal hearings and trials are set by contacting the Commonwealth's Attorney at 757-890-3401. If trials are not pre-set through the Commonwealth's Attorney, they are set at docket call held at 9 a.m. on Term Day. This is the 3rd Tuesday in:
  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July
  • September
  • November
Should a Term Day fall on a legal holiday as set forth in § 2.2-3300, Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, the Term Day will be on the following day.

Grand Juries

Grand Juries meet at 9 a.m. on the first day of the Term.

Civil Trials

Counsel and pro se parties are required to file a Praecipe (PDF) requesting that the Clerk set the matter for trial. After the Praecipe is filed, the Judge will forward a letter to all counsel and unrepresented parties requesting that they coordinate their available dates and contact the Judge's Assistant by telephone at 757-890-3367 to set the trial date. Civil trials are not set by docket call.

Civil Hearings

Appointments for hearings on civil matters are scheduled through the Judge's Assistant who may be reached by phone at 757-890-3367.