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Office of the Executive Secretary


The Office of the Executive Secretary provides administrative support for all of the courts and magistrate offices within the Commonwealth.  This includes the training and education of all judicial branch employees, as well as legal research assistance for judges.  This office also provides payroll, purchasing, accounts payable, human resources, planning, and grant services to the courts.  It supplies all information technology, including Internet, e-mail, case management, and video technology, along with technical support to the courts and magistrate offices in the Commonwealth. 

Contact Information

  • Executive Secretary - Karl R. Hade
    Phone - (804) 786-6455

Assistant Executive Secretary and Counsel
Provides legal advice and support to the Executive Secretary

Court Improvement Program

Focuses upon juvenile and family law matters and, in particular, improving the court system’s ability to manage and resolve cases of child abuse, neglect and foster care

Educational Services

Provides continuing education opportunities and training for court system employees

Fiscal Services

Serves as the court system’s financial management center

Human Resources

Provides centralized human resource management services to the court system’s employees 

Judicial Information Technology

Provides technology services to Virginia’s Judicial System

Judicial Services

Provides administrative and support services to the courts

Legal Research

Performs legal research for Virginia trial court judges and for the Executive Secretary

Legislative and Public Relations

Manages legislative matters, and handles media and public relations for Virginia’s Judicial System

Magistrate Services 
Provides magistrate services through personnel performing limited judicial duties and personnel providing supervision, training and support