Courts

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

New Kent County Courthouse Orders (updated May 15, 2020)


May 28, 2020 Mask 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 - will begin a gradual return to routine operations on May 18, 2020. The authority to hear non-emergency matters was conveyed to the General District Court by the May 6, 2020 Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Please review the Order from the New Kent General District Court regarding continued COVID-19 emergency measures. Based on this Order and the instructions of the Presiding Judge, members of the public may expect the following:

  • If you have been ill, have recently travelled internationally, have been exposed to COVID-19, or live with someone who has been exposed to COVID-19, call the Clerk’s Office at 804-966-9530 before your scheduled Court date.

  • The number of people in the courtroom at any one time will be limited and social distancing required. Please plan to follow the directions of the Sheriff’s Office when you arrive at the courthouse.

  • A mask or face covering will be required. Inappropriate, offensive or distracting face masks are not permitted.

  • Space limitations may require that certain security screenings, paperwork or meetings occur outside. As well, the new safety procedures may result in a line or wait before entering the courtroom. Please arrive prepared for inclement weather.

  • For now, only the parties, witnesses, attorneys, court reporters, interpreters, press and court watch groups are allowed in the courtroom. Spectators are not allowed.

  • Civil matters, including garnishments, may be filed immediately. Unlawful Detainers may be filed on or after June 1, 2020 and must be accompanied by a CARES Act affidavit.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we navigate these unique challenges and work to safely provide access to justice.

Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Office - Pursuant to the Supreme Court Order of May 6, 2020, the New Kent Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court will begin the transition from operations under the previous emergency orders of the Supreme Court to a gradual return to more routine operations. 

As we make this transition, the following safety measures will be in place:

  • JDR court hearings will take place in the General District Court or Circuit Court courtroom until further notice.

  • Social distancing will be practiced and numbers of people permitted in the courtroom may be significantly limited.

  • Pursuant to the attached orders of the Circuit Court, only parties to a suit or action and witnesses will be allowed in the courthouse for the hearing. Additional family members, people lending support, etc. will not be allowed in the courthouse at this time. Obviously, parents of minors who are parties or witnesses will be allowed to remain with their child.

  • Cases will be scheduled at staggered times. The New Kent Sheriffs Office may stagger entry into the building according to the scheduled time of the case so that social distancing can be observed.

  • Tables will be set up outside for attorneys needing to meet with their clients. The meeting rooms in the courthouse are closed at this time.

  • Please encourage your clients to appear close to their hearing time as they may not be allowed into the courthouse early to use the restroom, etc. Parties may be asked by the Sheriffs Office to remain in their cars or outside until their case is called if the courtroom is at capacity.

  • Paperwork will be provided to Court Appointed Counsel and GALs in court, when possible. If not provided on the court date, it will be emailed, faxed or mailed. Parties will not be allowed to view files on court dates. Please contact the clerk’s office to make arrangements to view files.

  • Hearings may be conducted by video on the WebEx format upon written request and approval by the Court.

  • Hearings may be conducted by telephone upon written request and approval by the Court.Continuances will be granted liberally, however, the parties must complete the Continuance Request Form.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we navigate these unique challenges as we work to provide the community with access to justice.


9th District Court Services Unit (CSU) - in response to the COVID -19 pandemic, the following services are available (subject to change): Protective Order Petitions, Emergency Removal Petitions, and Civil Petitions (i.e., custody. paternity, support, etc.). Please call the main telephone number, (804) 966-9622, for assistance or to schedule an appointment.


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 $25,000 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

9th District Court Services Unit (CSU)

New Kent Branch Office (also serves Charles City County)
7911 Courthouse Way (PO Box 144)
New Kent, VA 23124
Office Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Phone: 804-966-9622 (main)
Williamsburg District Office: 757-564-2460 (main)

9th District Court Service Unit (CSU) serves eleven jurisdictions, which includes the two cities of Poquoson and Williamsburg, and nine counties of Charles City, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, James City, and York.

The services provided by 9th District CSU include juvenile intake, probation, parole, and pre-dispositional investigations. The 9th District CSU is also the site of the Statewide Video Intake Unit. The District office is located in Williamsburg, VA.

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.