Calendar, Hours & Closings


The Chief Judge of the Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court entered the following order on April 24, 2020:

Upon a State of Emergency declared by both the President of the United States and the Governor of Virginia, a Supreme Court of Virginia Order Declaring a Judicial Emergency, and upon consideration of guidelines issued relative to public safety by Federal, State and Local agencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is

ORDERED pursuant to the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Order Declaring a Judicial Emergency and §16.1-69.35(5), limited access to the court will continue through May 17, 2020. All cases are hereby continued with the exception of the following cases:

a. Arraignments and bond motions for incarcerated adults on criminal cases and contempt proceedings;

b. Detention hearings for juveniles securely detained and in less secure facilities;

c. Abuse & Neglect hearings requesting Emergency Removal Orders and Preliminary Child Protective Orders and 5-day hearings for these cases;

d. Preliminary Protective Order requests and two-year Protective Order hearings;

e. Emergency Custody motions;

f. Guilty pleas, no contest pleas or motions to nolle prose where the defendant is in custody and the disposition or sentencing is agreed to by all parties. The parties shall submit a written plea agreement signed by the Commonwealth Attorney, defense counsel and defendant along with a Notice of Hearing. The plea agreement shall include language that the defendant consents to entering a plea via video. The Notice shall include an agreed upon date for the hearing. All hearings will take place by video and will be docketed for Tuesdays or Thursdays 10:00 a.m..; and

g. Any agreements or consent orders for civil cases may be mailed to the Court for entry.

All currently scheduled adjudicatory or preliminary hearings for any incarcerated defendant or juvenile in detention or less secure will be held as a review of bond or detention status hearing.

Whenever possible these hearings will be conducted by video or telephonically or based on the pleadings alone.

The Clerk’s Office will be accessible by telephone (757-385-4391) and email (vabjdr@vacourts.gov) Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Emails will be replied to within one (1) business day.

Additional Information from the Clerk’s Office:

We request that you only use the email address for cases to be heard during this emergency time period. Any other documents should be filed by mail or wait to be filed in person until after the Orders have expired using the normal filing procedures. Please do not fax and email the same documents.

Driver’s License Ceremonies will be suspended until September. If the court receives your license from DMV before the ceremonies are resumed, your driver’s license will be mailed to you.

If you cannot complete your court-ordered conditions, such as community service or driving school due to closings, please submit a written request for additional time to complete these conditions. Requests should be mailed to:

Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court

2425 Nimmo Parkway, Building 10A

Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Rescheduled hearing dates will be mailed to all parties as soon as cases are continued. Please keep the court updated of any address changes.

Parenting Class
Please be advised that during the Judicial Emergency, parties may satisfy the parenting seminar requirement by attending an approved webinar listed on the Supreme Court's website.

The link is located on the Virginia Supreme Court's main Parenting Education web page under the “Find A Parent Education Seminar” heading: http://www.vacourts.gov/courtadmin/aoc/djs/programs/parented/home.html

We sincerely appreciate your patience during this time.

 2020 Closing

​​January 1 , 2020​Holiday (New Year's) - Court Closed
January 17, 2020Holiday (Lee/Jackson Day) - Court Closed​
January 20, 2020Holiday (Martin Luther King Day) - Court Closed
February 17, 2020Holiday (Washington's Birthday) - Court Closed
May 25, 2020Holiday (Memorial Day) - Court Closed
July 3, 2020Holiday (Independence Day) - Court Closed
September 7, 2020Holiday (Labor Day) - Court Closed
October 12, 2020Holiday (Columbus Day) - Court Closed
November 11, 2020Holiday (Veteran's Day) - Court Closed
November 25, 2020Court Closes at 12:00 noon
November 26 & 27 2020Holiday (Thanksgiving) - Court Closed
December 24, 25 2020Holiday (Christmas) - Court Closed​​​
​December 31 2020​Holiday (New Years) - Court Closed​

 Docket Schedule

 Docket​​ Days Time
Arraignment by Clerk Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m.
Adult / Criminal Mon - Thurs 9:00, 10:30, & 11:30 a.m.
Bond Hearings Mon - Fri 9:00 a.m.
Contested Cases Mon - Fri To be set by each courtroom 1:30
Custody, Visitation, & Support Mon - Fri
9:00, 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Domestic Violence Mon - Thurs 9:00,  10:30, & 11:30 a.m.
Dept of Human Services (DHS) Mon - Thurs 9:00, 10:00, & 11:00 a.m.
Dept of Child Support Enforcement (DSE) Mon - Thurs 9:00 Effective April 02 Mon-Wed
Incarcerated Adult Arraignments Mon - Fri 11:30 a.m.
Juvenile Delinquent & CHINS Mon - Thurs 9:00, 10:30, 11:30 a.m.
Juvenile Traffic Friday 9:00 a.m
Juvenile Video Detention Hearings Mon - Fri
11:00 a.m.
Misc. Motion / Civil Motions Mon - Fri 10:00 a.m. Other times set by Courtroom
Presentation of Operator's License Wed 4:00 p.m.​ ​
​Protective Orders Emergency​Mon-Fri​9:00 a.m.
​Protective Orders Trials​Fri​9am​


 Docket Start Times

​The docket starts at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 1:30. Parties are subpoenaed or summoned to court 30 minutes​ earlier. This allows adequate time to find parking, get into the building and check in with the Clerk. For the 11:00 a.m. Department of Child Support Enforcement (DSE) docket, the parties are subpoenaed or summoned for 10:00 a.m. ​

 Inclement Weather & Closings

​​​Closing the Courts: 

First Day - On the first day of the inclement weather or emergency event, all three of the Courts will close if the Virginia Beach Public Schools are closed. This includes year-round schools.

Second or Subsequent Days - If the inclement weather or emergency is expected to continue to a second or following day(s), the Chief Judges of the three Courts will hold a telephone conference. At that time, they will decide whether the Courts will remain closed.

​Closing Announcements:

During inclement weather, closing information will be posted on FacebookTwitter and the ​Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court direct line (757) 385-4391.

Continued Cases:

Following a court closure for inclement weather or some other emergency, all cases scheduled on the affected date(s) will be continued. All parties will receive a summons or notice of hearing with the new court date. It may take 2 to 3 weeks for the Clerk's Office to continue these cases. Please do not call in to request a continuance date. 


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