Virginia's Judicial System

Northampton General District Court

2A Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet


Ms Karen Sparrow Merritt


Phone: (757) 678-0466

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


5229 The Hornes
Eastville, VA 23347


  • Hon. Gordon S. Vincent, Presiding Judge

Court Schedule

Tuesday - Traffic Cases
   9:00 a.m., State Police
   10:00 a.m., Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Police
   11:00 a.m., State Police, Sheriff's Deputies
   1:30 p.m., Arraignments
   2:00 p.m., Exmore Police (2nd, 3rd & 4th), Cape Charles Police 
Tuesday - Civil Cases
   2:00 p.m., Contested Cases (5th)
Wednesday - Traffic Cases
   1:30 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies (1st & 3rd)
Thursday - Civil Cases
   9:00 a.m., Contested cases
   9:30 a.m., Unlawful Detainers, Small Claims, Garnishments (1st & 
   9:30 a.m., First Return Dates, Garnishments (2nd & 4th)
   1:30 p.m., Contested Cases (1st, 4th & 5th)
Thursday - Criminal Cases
   10:00 a.m., Misdemeanor Trials, Show Cause Hearings
     Marine Police, Game Wardens, Park Police
   11:00 a.m., Preliminary Hearings, Bond Hearings
   2nd Thurs., 1:30 p.m., Traffic Cases, Town of Eastville

     **Bond hearings are scheduled between dockets on Tuesdays and 
     **Attorneys should contact the Clerk and the Commonwealth's 
        Attorney to arrange a time.**

Continuance Policy

Traffic cases: A first continuance may be granted by the clerk, but only to the police officer's next scheduled court date. Subsequent continuances by Judge only. Criminal cases: Contact the clerk and the Commonwealth's Attorney (if involved). Judge's approval may be required. Civil cases: Contact the clerk and the opposing party or attorney. Before the first return date, the clerk may continue cases when process has not yet been served, and after service, with the agreement of all parties. Subsequent continuances by Judge only. Continuances of scheduled contested cases by Judge only, for good cause.