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Virginia’s Criminal Justice System: Inside the Courthouse

Information Desk

Most Virginia courthouses have an information desk with personnel who can help you figure out where you need to go.


Docket Sheets

The docket is simply a list of cases for the day. In Virginia, Docket Sheets are generally posted conspicuously in the courthouse somewhere close to the courtrooms, and list the cases which are scheduled to be heard that day - usually in alphabetical order by defendant’s last name. Many courthouses in Virginia have multiple courtrooms within each level of court (Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court), so it is important that you check carefully to determine the specific courtroom in which your case is scheduled to be heard. If this is not your first time to this particular courthouse, do not assume that your case will be heard in the same courtroom as the last time, as courtroom assignments frequently change.


Interpreters

For many people, English is a second language with which they are not completely comfortable, and many others do not speak English at all. In Virginia courts, interpreters can be provided to assist those who do not speak English. You should contact the court clerk’s office in advance of your court date to ensure there is plenty of time to make the necessary arrangements to have an interpreter present.

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