Virginia's Judicial System

Augusta Circuit Court

25th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. R. Steven Landes
email: [email protected]


Phone: (540) 245-5321
Fax: (540) 245-5318

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Augusta County Courthouse
1 East Johnson Street
Staunton, VA 24401-4302

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 689, Staunton, Virginia 24402-0689


  • Hon. Joel R. Branscom, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Paul A. Dryer
  • Hon. Anne F Reed
  • Hon. Christopher B. Russell
  • Hon. Shannon Trent Sherrill
  • Hon. Edward K. Stein

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Terms begin, 4th Monday, Jan., Apr., July & Oct.
  • Grand Juries, 4th Monday in January, March, May, July, September & November.
  • Civil trials and motions hearings set by praecipe, filed by noon 7 days prior to civil docket call, held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. (When civil docket call falls on a holiday, the docket call wil be on Tuesday.)
  • Court convenes 9:00 a.m.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized in limited instances.
  • Civil Final Orders are mailed via regular mail, or for Local Attorneys, we have a designated file tray from which they may pick up applicable orders. Criminal Orders are transported as follows: to Probation Officers, Court Service Units, Public Defenders, Commonwealth Attorneys, and Attorneys who have provided email addresses, Final Orders are emailed. If there is no email address, we mail by regular mail.