Virginia's Judicial System

Southampton Circuit Court

5th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Richard L. Francis
email: [email protected]


Phone: (757) 653- 2200
Fax: Fax: (757) 653- 2547

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM



Mailing Address: P.O. Box 190, Courtland, VA 23837

Physical Address: 23190 Sedley Road, Franklin, VA 23851

Bench Docket (Criminal & Civil) held at either Isle of Wight Courthouse or City of Suffolk Courthouse

Jury Trial held at 23190 Sedley Road, City of Franklin, VA 23851


  • Hon. Carl Edward Eason Jr., Chief Judge
  • Hon. Lawson Wayne Farmer
  • Hon. Matthew A. Glassman
  • Hon. Robert H. Sandwich Jr.

Terms of Court and General Information

  • Terms begin, 3rd Monday, Jan., March, May, July, Sept., & Nov.
  • Motion Day, every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m., in Suffolk
  • Grand Juries, 1st day of Term.
  • Civil cases set by civil court administrator.
  • Court convenes 9:30 a.m.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized for divorce annulments and depositions.
  • Instructions must be submitted 7 days prior to trial.
  • Local rules adopted pursuant to Section 8.01-4.