Virginia's Judicial System

Salem Circuit Court

23rd Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Chance Crawford
email: [email protected]


Phone: (540) 375-3067
Fax: (540) 375-4039

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


2 East Calhoun Street
Salem, VA 24153-7933


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

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Terms begin, 3rd Friday, Feb., May, July, Sept.; 2nd Fri., Dec.
  • Grand Juries, 1st day of Term.
  • Civil cases set by praecipe received by clerk 7 days preceding docket call.
  • Criminal cases set on Term day.
  • Court convenes 8:30 a.m.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized on petition of counsel.