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Last Updated: 2010-01-04

Court Security

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Court Security is one of the responsibilities of Court Services. Sheriff’s Deputies actively patrol the grounds and interior of Richmond City’s three courthouses (John Marshall Ct. Bldg. / Manchester Ct. Bldg. / Oliver Hill Ct. Bldg.) as well as screening individuals entering for the prohibited items listed below. Sheriff’s Deputies are on hand for all court proceedings to ensure orderly conduct and a safe environment. Escorts on the courthouse grounds are provided upon request and initiated when deemed necessary for security reasons. Customer Service is paramount and Deputies are available to guide and assist with any questions you may have regarding services provided within the courthouse.

Prohibited Items in Court Buildings

*Guns/Ammunition
*Watches with Cell phone Feature
*Tape Recorders
*Knives /Scissors/Cutting Tools
*Handcuff Keys

*Cell Phones/Cameras/Electronic Devices
*Headphones/Bluetooth Devices
*Pepper Spray/Mace/Stun Gun
*Any Construction Tools
*Glass Containers/Drink Bottles & Cans

Civil Process

The Civil Process Division is charged with the duty of executing the orders of the Circuit and District Courts. These papers include, but are not limited to, subpoenas, notices, orders, writs of possession for real estate, injunctions for protection against domestic violence, writs of garnishment, arrest orders / writs of bodily attachment, complaints and summonses for both civil and criminal cases. The Civil Process Division is also responsible for effecting evictions, levies, seizures and public auctions. Service fees that apply for civil documents are as follows:

  • $12 in-state/per service
  • $75 out of state/per service
  • Certified Checks/Money Orders to be made payable to: Richmond City Sheriff’s Office
  • Certain documents may require a bond for service processing

Eviction Rules

  • Sheriff’s Office has up to 30 days to execute eviction.
  • Sheriff’s Office-Civil Process coordinates schedule of eviction with landlord.
  • Tenant given minimum of 72 hours notice.
  • Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to postpone due to inclement weather.
  • Landlord must arrive on time; Deputy need not wait longer than 10 minutes after scheduled time.
  • Landlord or the designated agent must not enter dwelling until Deputy has arrived; doing so will result in cancellation of both writ and eviction.
  • Contact Civil Process at: John Marshall Courts Building

Jury Services

  • 804-646-6501 (Jury Office Main Line)
  • 804-646-0802 (Recorded Line/Call After 4:30pm)
  • 804-646- (Jury Questionnaire Information)
  • 804-646-0270 (Fax)

The Jury Coordinator works with the Richmond City Circuit Court Clerk's office and the Circuit Court Judges’ Chambers, acting as a liaison between these offices and the potential petit (trial) jurors.

Juror Questionnaire Information - The Jury Coordinator manages the juror questionnaire process. This process includes the annual mailing of approximately 24,000 juror questionnaires to randomly selected Richmond City residents, the review of responses by Jury Commissioners appointed by the Chief Judge and the processing of the Commissioners’ decisions, creating a list of citizens qualified to serve petit (trial) jury duty. For more information about this process, see Frequently Asked Questions Regarding a Juror Questionnaire.

Petit (Trial) Jury Summons Information - The Jury Coordinator is usually the first person petit (trial) jurors come in contact with after they have been summoned by the Sheriff of Richmond City to serve petit jury duty. The Jury Coordinator is responsible for disseminating information about jury duty to summoned jurors and organizing and providing orientation to jury pools on the day of trial.

For general information regarding serving jury duty in Virginia, see the Answer Book for Jury Service provided by the Virginia Supreme Court

Court Contact Information

Location, contact and general information for Richmond's Courts are listed below:




JOHN MARSHALL COURTS BUILDING
400 North 9th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 8am-4:45pm

DRESS CODE: Please contact the Clerk's Office for information.


OfficePhone number
Civil Process(804)646-6600
Traffic Court(804)646-6431
Circuit Court(804)646-6553
Circuit Court Clerk’s Office (804)646-6767 / 6506
Civil Clerk’s Office (804)646-6461
Information Desk (804)646-6788 / 3729
Record Room (804)646-6530
Commonwealth’s Attorney (804)646-3500
Victim-Witness Services (804)646-7665
Jury Office (804)646-6501
Traffic Court (804)646-6431



RICHMOND JUVENILE & DOMESTIC RELATIONS GENERAL DISTRICT COURT
OLIVER HILL COURTS BUILDING
1600 Oliver Hill Way
Richmond, VA 23223
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Hours of operation:
Monday 8AM to 5:00PM
Tuesday 7:30AM to 5:00PM
Wednesday 7:30 to 5:00PM
Thursday 7:30 to 5:00PM
Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM

DRESS CODE: Please contact the Clerk's Office for information.


OfficePhone number
Court Service Unit(804)646-2900
Clerk of Court(804)646-2942
Public Defender’s Office(804)646-2958
Commonwealth Attorney (804)646-2950
Child Support Enforcement (804)646-2989
Information Desk (804)646-2972
Court Appointed Special Advocate (804)646-0518
Court Fax (804)646-5114



MANCHESTER COURT HOUSE
400 North 9th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 8am-4:45pm

DRESS CODE: Please contact the Clerk's Office for information.


OfficePhone number
Civil Process(804)646-6600
Traffic Court(804)646-6431
Circuit Court(804)646-6553
Circuit Court Clerk’s Office (804)646-6767 / 6506
Civil Clerk’s Office (804)646-6461
Information Desk (804)646-6788 / 3729
Record Room (804)646-6530
Commonwealth’s Attorney (804)646-3500
Victim-Witness Services (804)646-7665
Jury Office (804)646-6501
Traffic Court (804)646-6431

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