Virginia's Judicial System

Colonial Heights General District Court

12th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet


Mrs Chelsea Lythgoe Murrell


Phone: (804) 520-9346
Fax: (804) 520-9370

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


P. O. Box 3401
550 Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Physical address: 550 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834


  • Hon. James J. O'Connell III, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Curtis M. Hairston Jr., Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Keith Nelson Hurley, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Matthew Donald Nelson, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Shajuan Mason House

Court Schedule

   Garnishment Returns, 1st & 3rd Mon., 12:30 p.m.
   General Docket, 1st, 3rd & 5th Mon., 1:00 p.m.
   Contested Docket, 2nd, 4th & 5th Mon., 1:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
   Civil Motions, 1st & 3rd Mon., 2:30 p.m.

   Tues., 8:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

   Wed., 8:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Criminal & Traffic Pretrials
   Mon., Tues. & Wed., 10:45 a.m.

Video Arraignments
   Mon. - Fri., 11:30 a.m.

ASAP Returns
   2nd Mon., 8:30 a.m.

Pretrial & Probation Violations
   Mon., 8:30 a.m.

Small Claims
   3rd Mon., 2:30 p.m.

Continuance Policy

Continuances granted by the Judge. Civil trial continuances: Trials more than 3 weeks away, please contact Clerk's office for a continuance; Trials less than 3 weeks away are granted by motion and order only.