Chesterfield County Virginia General District Court Overview
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Although the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office and the General District Court Clerk’s Office are both located on the first floor of the Courts Building, the two offices are completely separate. Questions or information requests regarding a General District Court case (e.g., civil suits involving small claims, traffic tickets, etc.) should be directed to the General District Court Clerk’s Office. The General District Court Clerk’s Office is open from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays.
Chesterfield County Virginia Traffic Court
The Chesterfield County General District Court, Traffic Division hears cases in which a person is charged with a traffic offense. Many traffic offenses can be prepaid . For those cases, the court appearance can be waived; that is the defendant may choose to pay his/her fine and court costs in person or by mail prior to the court date and does not need to appear in court.
Your Chesterfield VA Traffic Court Date
You need to arrive at the courthouse well before your appearance time. You should allow time to walk from the parking lots to the court building. Thereafter, you may encounter a line to pass through the metal detectors before going into the appropriate courtroom. Once in the courtroom, stay in the courtroom until your case is called.
Traffic Court Continuances
You can request a continuance the 1st time by mail or in person at the clerk’s office. Use the mail at your own risk. Continuances granted on motions by Judge. You must call back the next business day to find out if a continuance was granted.
Any subsequent continuance request(s) will go before the judge.
Traffic Court Appeals
You can appeal your conviction to Circuit Court within ten (10) days of the conviction date. The ten day period begins to run on the day following the conviction. If the tenth day falls on a Saturday or Sunday or legal holiday or any day the clerk’s office is closed as authorized by statute, the appeal may be noted on the next day the clerk’s office is authorized to open. The appeal may be noted by the defendant or his/her attorney.
HOW AND WHERE TO PAY YOUR CHESTERFIELD TRAFFIC TICKET
To prepay on-line
You can use the link below and follow the instructions given on the Web site:
To prepay in person
If you decide to prepay your traffic ticket in person, you may pay by cash, Visa, MasterCard, or by check or money order made payable to Chesterfield County General District Court. You may prepay your ticket in person up to the day before your court date by 4:00 p.m. Bring your summons with you.
To prepay by mail
If you decide to prepay your traffic ticket by mail, you will need to send your traffic ticket (signed that you are waiving your court appearance) and your check or money order made payable to the Chesterfield County General District Court. You can prepay by mail up to eight (8) days before your court date.
For a listing of prepayable traffic offenses go to www.courts.state.va
Please note: Your payment is effective only on the date received by the clerk’s office, not the date you mailed it. You assume the risk in using the mail for delivery. If you wish to be mailed a receipt, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.
The following charges require a mandatory court appearance and are NOT prepayable:
- Driving under the influence
- Driving with a suspended or revoked license
- Reckless driving
- Reckless driving to wit speeding
- Hit and run
For more serious traffic offenses, the court appearance may not be waived and prepayment of the fine is not an option. You will need to be in court on your assigned court date. Some, but not all, of these offenses include no insurance, DUI/refusals, suspended permit, no permit, reckless driving, altered or improper use of decals/tags, littering, speeding in a work zone, habitual offender, any drug violation.
If you are convicted of certain traffic violations, the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will assess points against your driver’s license. This is an administrative action by DMV and is in addition to any sentence imposed by the Judge. After conviction, DMV determines the amount of demerit points to be assessed according to the severity of the offense. For more information on points, you can contact the DMV Web site at www.dmv.state.va.us . The Judge does not have the authority to adjust or reduce points.
Chesterfield County Traffic Court Schedule
8:00 a.m., Wed. & Fri.
8:30 a.m., Mon. – Fri.
10:00 a.m., – Mon. – Fri.
1:00 p.m., Mon. – Thurs.
2:30 p.m., Mon. – Thurs.
Chesterfield Courthouse 9500 Courthouse Road Chesterfield, VA 23832-0144