The Criminal Division of the Circuit Court handles all felony and misdemeanor cases originating by Grand Jury action, as well as misdemeanor appeals from the General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts. Traffic infractions are handled by the General District Court, which is a separate entity with its own Clerk's Office. Only when traffic cases are appealed from the General District or Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court do they fall under the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court. Therefore, before contacting the Circuit Court to inquire about the status of a traffic infraction case or pre-payment of a traffic fine, it is important to ascertain beforehand which Court has jurisdiction. This will prevent any unnecessary delay in processing. Unlike the District Courts that have separate traffic dockets, the Circuit Court integrates traffic infraction appeals into its criminal docket.
When an individual is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in the Circuit Court, court imposed fines and/or court costs will be assessed against the defendant. All court costs are assessed in accordance with the Code of Virginia. Fines and costs are due at the time of sentencing unless the defendant enters into a payment plan agreement approved by the Court. . An individual who does not promptly pay fines and court costs will be subject to the following:
Payments for fines and/or court costs are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Payments may be made in person in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, on the Virginia Judiciary Online Payment System (VJOPS) by clicking on the Online Payments tab above or via the mail. Payment can be made via a personal check with proper ID, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express, money order, or cash. Please note credit card payments cannot be made by phone. Payments on accounts which have been referred to collections must be made at the office of the collections agent, Parrish and Lebar, LLP, 5 East Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23219, (804)788-4721.
When paying by personal check or credit card, individuals must provide a form of identification (i.e., a driver's license or picture ID). Credit card account holder must be present. Checks should be made payable to Edward F. Jewett, Clerk. Money orders, certified checks and cashier's checks are also acceptable methods of payment.
Always indicate clearly the case number and defendant's name that payment is to be applied to. This is very important if there are multiple accounts for the same defendant. In addition, please include the defendant's name and case number on all checks or money orders for proper credit. Never send cash payments via mail.
INSTALLMENT AND DEFERRED PAYMENTS
(Effective July 1, 2019)
All unpaid costs and fines totaling more than $50.00 are eligible for an Installment or Deferred Payment Agreement. Deferred payment of fines and costs, restitution payments and community service credits will be made in accordance with the Court's Order. Restitution payments are to be made in accordance with the Court's Order for Restitution. Any sums collected shall be used first to satisfy such restitution order and any collection costs associated with restitution prior to being used to satisfy any fine, forfeiture, penalty, or costs assessed against a defendant.
Effective July 1, 2013, in accordance with Code 19.2-349, accounts which initially become delinquent and transmit to collections on or after July 1, 2013 will be assessed a fee (currently 17% of the judgment principal) to help defray the expense associated with outside collection efforts. The Clerk cannot remove, reduce, or alter this fee.
WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE SENTENCING DATE:
The defendant may appear in the Clerk's office and request payment arrangements and will be required to sign form CC-1379 Order and Notice of Deferred Payment or Installment Payments which will serve as the Agreement between the defendant and the Court.
AFTER 30 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF SENTENCING (ACCOUNT DELINQUENT) OR UPON DEFAULT OF PAYMENT AGREEMENT:
Requests for payment arrangements must be entered into at the Clerk's office. Upon Default of a payment agreement, the Court will require a down payment of 10% of a balance of $500.00 or less; 5% of a balance of $500.00 or more, or $50.00, whichever is greater. The down payment cannot be waived.
AFTER 90 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF SENTENCING (ACCOUNT DELINQUENT) OR UPON DEFAULT OF PAYMENT AGREEMENT:
The account will be reported to the Department of Taxation, the State Compensation Board, the Attorney for the Commonwealth, and the Court's Collection Agent. In addition, a collection fee pursuant to Code 19.2-349, currently 17% of the principal balance due will be applied to the account. Upon default of a payment agreement, the Court will require a down payment of 10% of a balance of $500.00 or less; 5% of a balance of $500.00 or more, or $50.00, whichever is greater. The down payment cannot be waived.
Subpoena requests in felony or misdemeanor appeal cases should be delivered or mailed to the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. A letter specifying the request must be provided. In order to allow adequate time for the preparation of a subpoena, a lead-time of five days from the date of service is requested. There is no fee for issuance of witness subpoenas. For a subpoena duces tecum, a $17.00 fee must be remitted along with the request. The following information must be included in a request for a subpoena:
In addition to the above information, a request for a subpoena duces tecum must contain the following:
NOTE: If a witness subpoena or subpoena duces tecum needs to be served on a person or an entity outside of Virginia the requesting party should follow procedures for a Foreign Witness, as provided in Code of Virginia § 19.2-272, et seq.
Virginia Court Case Information
List of Driver Improvement Clinics (DMV)
Criminal Background Check (Virginia State Police)
Certificate of Incarcerated Period
Request for Waiver of Interest on Fines and Costs
Supreme Court Rule 1:24
Notice of Alternative Payment Plans