Virginia's Judicial System

Roanoke City Circuit Court

23rd Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Brenda S. Hamilton
email: [email protected]


Phone: (540) 853-6702
Civil: (540) 853-6702
Criminal: (540) 853-6723
Judge Carson: (540) 853-2436
Judge Clemens: (540) (853) 2435
Judge Ware: (540) 853-2051
Fax: (540) 853-1024
Fax: Civil: (540) 853-1024
Fax: Criminal: (540) 853-2114

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hours for Judges: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


P. O. Box 2610
315 West Church Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24010-2610


  • Hon. David B. Carson, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. John Christopher Clemens, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. James R. Swanson, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Charles N. Dorsey

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Civil and criminal terms begin 1st Monday of each month.
  • Grand Juries, 1st Monday, monthly.
  • Civil cases set by praecipe received by clerk 7 days preceding civil docket call, 1st Monday, and by agreement of counsel, by docket judge and secretary.
  • Court convenes 8:30 a.m.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized on petition of counsel or by order of court.
  • The process for the distribution of Orders from our court is that they will be electronically certified and emailed to the parties directed in the order. Those parties that do not provide an email address will receive their copies through the mail.