Virginia's Judicial System

Rappahannock General and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Combined Courts

20th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts Informational Pamphlet


Ms Donna G Foster


Phone: (540) 675-5356
Fax: (540) 675-5357

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


P. O. Box 206
250 Gay Street
Washington, VA 22747-0206

General District Judges

  • Hon. Jessica H. Foster, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Lorrie Ann Sinclair Taylor, Chief Judge
  • Hon. William R. Fitzpatrick
  • Hon. Eric M. Shamis

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judges

  • Hon. Melissa N. Cupp, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Pamela L. Brooks, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Charles Francis Koehler Jr.
  • Hon. Rachel D Robinson

Court Schedule

General District
   Criminal/Traffic (County/Local)
   1st, 2nd & 3rd Tues., 9:30 a.m.
   Criminal/Traffic (State Police)
   1st, 2nd & 3rd Tues., 11:00 a.m.
     1st, 2nd & 3rd Tues., 9:00 a.m.
     Trials, 1:00 p.m.
   Small Claims, 2nd Tues., 9:00 a.m.

Juvenile & Domestic Relations, 2nd & 4th Thurs.
   8:30 a.m., Juvenile/Adult Attorney Advisements
   9:00 a.m., Juvenile Traffic/Delinquency/Adult Criminal
   11:00 a.m., Civil 1st Returns; Contested cases set by Judge
   DCSE, 2nd Thurs., 1:00 p.m., January, April, July, October

Continuance Policy

Written request for first continuance on traffic and misdemeanors must by filed at least 10 days prior to court date. Subsequent requests for continuance granted by Judge in open court.