Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

The following is in effect for the Stafford Juvenile Domestic Relations District Court through April 26, 2020 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic:

Monday: office closed to the public however if you have protective order please appear as scheduled

Tuesday: office closed to the public however if you have a bond hearing, protective order, Department of Social Services case pleas appear as scheduled

Wednesday: office closed to the public however if you have protective order please appear as scheduled

Thursday: office closed to the public however if you have a bond hearing, protective order, Department of Social Services case pleas appear as scheduled

Friday: Closed

If you have a Driver’s License ceremony schedule for any Monday in April you may come to the courthouse as scheduled and receive your license as long as you turn in your learners permit and paper license. If you chose not to appear then we will reschedule your license ceremony at a later date (August timeframe). If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office at 540-658-8773.

Responsibilities & Services


The Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court:
  • Hears cases concerning marital relations where laws have been violated
  • Hears cases involving custody, support, control, or placement of neglected, abandoned, or delinquent children
  • Hears criminal cases involving juveniles

About the Clerk


The clerk of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court is appointed by the judges of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for an indefinite term. The clerk is responsible for the administration of the court and the clerk's office.

This office:
  • Issues show cause orders for those not making support payments
  • Issues summonses
  • Prepares and dockets all cases for the Court

The 15th District Court Service Unit


The 15th District Court Service Unit provides intake, probation, after care, counseling, and mediation services to juveniles.

Judges
  • Hon. John E. Franklin, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Julian W. Johnson, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Andrea M. Stewart, Presiding Judge

Court Schedule



COURTROOM A
Criminal/Delinquency

2nd & 3rd Mon., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Every Wed., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Every Thurs., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Fri., 11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Adult Arraignment
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Fri., 9:00 a.m.

Juvenile Arraignment
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Fri., 10:00 a.m.

Traffic
2nd & 3rd Mon., every Wed., every Thurs., 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Fri.

DCSE
1st, 2nd & 3rd Tues., 8:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Civil (Custody/Visitation/Paternity/Non-DCSE
1st, 4th & 5th Mon.
4th & 5th Tues.

COURTROOM B
DSS
Every 3rd & 4th Tuesday

Civil (Custody/Visitation/Paternity/Non-DCSE)
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Mon & Fri.
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th, Wed. & Thurs.

Continuance Policy


Continuance granted pursuant to Rules of Court. Written motion to be filed with the court.