Courts

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

New Kent County Courthouse Order 

Circuit Court Clerk’s Office - will conduct ALL transactions at the front window during normal operating hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., recording ends at 4:00 p.m.). Entry to the record room will be granted on a case-by-case basis with approval from the Clerk. Please use the land records computers in the lobby to conduct research.

General District Court Office - until April 6, 2020, all civil, traffic and criminal matters in the New Kent General District Court, with the exception of emergency matters, will be continued. Proceedings considered emergency matters are listed on the Court’s website, www.vacourts.gov.

Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Office - effective immediately until April 6, 2020, there will be limited access to the New Kent Juvenile & Domestic Relations (JDR) Office.  All cases of the following type have been continued: child support, civil custody & visitation, adult criminal cases (defendant is not incarcerated), and juvenile delinquency criminal cases (juvenile is not in detention). Witnesses subpoenaed for these matters are excused from appearing. If your case has been continued please contact one of the following offices: J&DR Clerk’s Office - (804) 966-9620; Commonwealth’s Attorney - (804) 966-5548. For all other case types, please report to court as scheduled. Only emergency motions will be received at the Courthouse during this period. For Court Service Unit information (juvenile probation) please call (804) 966-9622. This policy is subject to change. Please check periodically for future updates.

Circuit Court
The court houses New Kent’s land records, issues marriage licenses, grant divorces, handles will probates and estate qualifications, and hears appeals from the General District Court.

General District Court

The district court has three divisions:

  • Civil
  • Criminal
  • Traffic

All cases are heard by a judge, no juries are used. Preliminary hearings in felony cases are held in the court. If charged with a traffic violation or criminal misdemeanor, you need to contact the court office and/or appear in this court. The court hears civil suits for claims of $15,000 or less. Appeals from decisions made in the court are heard by the New Kent Circuit Court.

Juvenile & Domestic Relations

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court handles cases involving:

  • Abandonment of children
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Adults involved in the disputes concerning child custody, visitation, support, and parentage
  • Court consent for certain medical treatments
  • Court ordered rehabilitation services
  • Delinquents
  • Foster care and entrustment agreements
  • Juveniles accused of traffic violations

Additional Information

For more information, forms, listings of other courts, judges, new court decisions from the Virginia Court of Appeals, and general information concerning the Supreme Court of Virginia, visit the Virginia Judicial System website.