General District Court


The purpose of the General District Court is to process criminal, traffic, and civil cases heard by District Court Judges and to hold preliminary hearings for felonies.

Who Are We?

  • There is a general district court in each city and county in Virginia.
  • The general district court handles traffic violations, hears minor criminal cases known as misdemeanors, and conducts preliminary hearings for more serious criminal cases called felonies.

Budget Summary

Notable Changes


  • Increase for office supplies
  • Restore FY21 budget reductions


  • To process all case paperwork efficiently and promptly to ensure the judges can hold court daily.
  • Store all cases papers and financial records according to the statutory timeframe.
  • Provide certified copies of all case papers to any party requesting such copies.
  • Assist attorneys, agencies, and the general public in person and over the phone.
  • Provide the judges with the legal resources to make decisions on legal matters by ensuring the most up-to-date Codebooks and legal publications are in the court.