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Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court
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. Julian W. Johnson, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Joseph A. Vance IV, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Phillip U. Fines, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Shannon O. Hoehl
  • Hon. R. Michael McKenney
  • Hon. David F. Peterson
  • Hon. Georgia K. Sutton

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.

Contact Information
James B. Thompson
Clerk
Email

P.O. Box 400
1300 Courthouse Road
The Judicial Center
Stafford, VA 22555-0400
Map

Ph:  (540) 658-8775
Fax: (540) 658-4640

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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