Circuit Court

5th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Circuit Courts Informational Pamphlet


Hon. Richard L. Francis


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

Clerk's Office Hours

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 


P. O. Box 190
22350 Main Street
Courtland, VA 23837


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

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.