Clarke Circuit Court
26th Judicial Circuit of Virginia
The circuit court is the trial court with the broadest powers in Virginia. The circuit court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $15,000. It shares authority with the general district court to hear matters involving between $4,500 and $15,000. The circuit court has the authority to hear serious criminal cases called felonies.
The circuit court also handles family matters, including divorce. In addition, the circuit court hears cases appealed from the general district court and from the juvenile and domestic relations district court.
Clarke County Circuit Court Website - details contact information, hours, location, and more.
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Due to the recently mandated requirements from the Passport Agency, the Clarke County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will no longer process Passport applications, effective October 1, 2009.
With an office staff of three, and the new time consuming requirements, we regret we are unable to continue providing this service.
Clarke General District Court
26th Judicial District of Virginia
The court that most people have contact with is the general district court. The general district court handles most traffic violations. The general district court also hears minor criminal cases known as misdemeanors and conducts preliminary hearings for more serious criminal cases called felonies.
General district courts have exclusive authority to hear civil cases with claims of $4,500 or less and share authority with the circuit courts to hear cases with claims between $4,500 and $15,000. Examples of civil cases are landlord and tenant disputes, contract disputes and personal injury actions.