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Judicial System

<bt>The County Administration Building

1 Harrison St., S.E., Leesburg

703-777-0200

THREE-TIERED SYSTEM

<bt>Within each judicial district in Virginia there are two courts, the General District Court and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The Circuit Court is the only trial court of general jurisdiction in the state, so it hears any case for which the jurisdiction is not specified in the Code of Virginia. The responsibilities of the courts are distributed as follows:

CIRCUIT COURT

The Circuit Court handles civil cases with claims of more than $15,000, as well as divorces and matters pertaining to property and hears appeals from lower courts. The Circuit Court hears criminal felony cases. The Circuit Court Clerk processes suits and appeals from lower courts and issues marriage licenses and passports.

Judges: Burke F. McCahill, James H. Chamblin, Thomas D. Horne, Jeffrey W. Parker

Court Clerk: Gary Clemens

Circuit Court Clerk: 703-777-0270

Open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

18 East Market St., Leesburg

www.loudoun.gov/clerks

GENERAL DISTRICT COURT

Criminal cases, including misdemeanors and preliminary hearings for felonies, are heard by the General District Court. This includes traffic-related cases. Civil claims of $15,000 or less are also heard in General District Court, including all cases with claims less than $4,500.

Judges: Julia Taylor Cannon, Dean S. Worchester, J. Frank Buttery Jr.

General District Court, Civil and Criminal: 703-777-0312

Traffic Division: 703-777-0310

Open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

18 East Market St., Leesburg

www.courts.state.va.us/

JUVENILE AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS DISTRICT COURT

The Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court handles offenses for any person under the age of 18, as well as family-related cases such as child or spouse abuse. The Court Service Unit handles criminal complaints involving juveniles, court-ordered services such as probation, custody, visitation and support.

Judges: Avelina S. Jacob, J. Gregory Ashwell, Pamela L. Brooks

Open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: 703-777-0300

Juvenile and Domestic Relation Court Service Unit: 703-777-0303

18 East Market St., Leesburg