Virginia's Judicial System

Essex Circuit Court

15th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Christina A Ambrose
email: [email protected]


Phone: (804) 443-3541
Phone: (804) 443-4381
Fax: (804) 445-1216

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


P. O. Box 445
305 Prince Street
Tappahannock, VA 22560


  • Hon. Herbert M. Hewitt, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Patricia Kelly, Chief Judge
  • Hon. David B. Caddell Jr.
  • Hon. Sarah L. Deneke
  • Hon. William E. Glover
  • Hon. John Overton Harris
  • Hon. Michael E. Levy
  • Hon. John S. Martin
  • Hon. Ricardo Rigual
  • Hon. James Bruce Strickland
  • Hon. Gordon F. Willis
  • Hon. Victoria A. B. Willis

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Terms begin 4th Wednesday, Jan., April, July, & October.
  • All cases set by agreement with Commonwealth's Attorney at preliminary hearing, on Term Day, or by agreement of counsel and the Court. The latter may be done by a telephone call to the Commonwealth Attorney's office and the Clerk's office.
  • Court convenes 9:00 a.m.
  • In civil jury trials, instructions must be submitted to the Court and opposing counsel 5 days prior to trial.
  • The practice for distribution of final orders is the following: DOC -fax P&P - fax Sentencing Guidelines - mail Orders to attorneys - automatically mailed to them after the judge signs, whether they ask or not.