Courts

COVID-19 Pandemic Notice

As of 1/4/21 Circuit Courts will resume normal operations with in-person hearings. Webex may be available for some cases.

Courts Temporary Suspension in-person Court Proceedings 12/15/20.

Circuit Court Clerk’s Office:  As of December 17, 2020

Due to the rising number of positive COVID-19 tests in Stafford and among courthouse personnel and local attorneys, which the Court find constitutes a threat to the health and safety of the Clerk’s office personnel and the general public, in order to reduce the number of people coming into the courthouse and thereby curtail person-to-person contact, by court order, the Clerk’s office will be closed to the public.  The Clerk’s office will remain open and available to respond to telephonic inquiries, process electronic land filings and will offer appointments for first time applicants for concealed handgun permits, marriage license applicants to Stafford County residents only, probates and other urgent matters as needed.


All three Circuit Courts will be operating on a modified capacity in compliance with the standards of CDC and Office of the Executive Secretary guidelines.


All questions relating to cases should be directed to the Clerk's office 

(540) 658-8750/4255.


General District Court is closed to the public in response to this pandemic, the order of the Supreme Court of Virginia declaring a judicial emergency pursuant to Virginia Code 17.1-330.  All cases between March 17th, 2020 & April 6th, 2020 will be continued, with the exceptions of Arraignments, Video Bond Hearings, and Protective Orders. The Court asks that unless you are a party or a witness, please consider staying home.

All questions relating to cases and continuances should be directed to the Clerk’s Office (540) 658-8935

Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court:

Due to the rising number of positive COVID-19 tests in Stafford and among courthouse personnel and local attorneys, which the Court find constitutes a threat to the health and safety of the Clerk’s office personnel and the general public, in order to reduce the number of people coming into the courthouse and thereby curtail person-to-person contact, by court order, the Clerk’s office will be closed to the public.  The Clerk’s office will remain open and available to respond to telephonic inquiries and other urgent matters as needed. 

The Juvenile Courts will be operating in a modified capacity in compliance with the standards of CDC and Office of the Executive Secretary guidelines. All court hearings will be rescheduled for a later date (except  protective orders, Department of Social Services, adult/juvenile video hearings, bond hearing, and juvenile detention cases. 

This is effective December 16, 2020 through January 1, 2021. All questions relating to cases should be directed to the Clerk’s Office (540) 658-8773.  

Rappahannock Juvenile Center is open, however NO OUTSIDE VISITORS allowed under further notice.  There is limited visitation for court officers.  Please call ahead at (540) 658-1691. 


About the County's Court System


The aim of the Stafford County judicial system is to assure that disputes are resolved justly and responsively through a court system unified in its structures and administration and to provide the citizens with the best possible judicial system. Our goal for the website is to provide information on, and expand the citizens’ access to, the judicial system. The Stafford County judicial system is comprised of three courts: