Virginia's Judicial System

Gloucester General District Court

9th Judicial District of Virginia

General District Courts Informational Pamphlet


Ms Hannah Ruth Smith


Phone: (804) 693-4860
Fax: (804) 693-6669

Clerk's Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


P. O. Box 873
7400 Justice Drive, Room 102
Gloucester, VA 23061-0873

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 873, Gloucester, VA 23061-0873

Physical Address: 7400 Justice Drive, Room 102, Gloucester, VA 23061


  • Hon. Stephanie E. Merritt, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Stephen Ashton Hudgins, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Joshua P. DeFord

Court Schedule

Wednesdays (Except 4th):
   8:15 a.m., Counsel Determination with Clerk
   9:00 a.m., Arraignments
   9:30 a.m., Gloucester Sheriff's Office
   10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., & 11:00 a.m., Virginia State Police
   1:30 p.m., Animal Control, Game & Inland Fisheries, VMRC (2nd)
   1:30 p.m., Toll Violations (3rd)
   9:30 a.m., Criminal Cases
   9:30 a.m., ASAP & LP&PS Violations
   10:30 a.m., Zoning/Code of Compliance (2nd)
   1:30 p.m., Driving under suspension
Fridays (2nd & 4th):
   9:00 a.m., Uncontested Civil
   10:30 a.m., Contested Civil

Continuance Policy

First motion to continue may be granted by the Clerk. Subsequent motions to continue may be granted by the Judge.