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The Virginia Court System is a little confusing as to what kind of cases you find in each court. It's not only confusing to those outside the state, but to those of us inside the state as well. Therefore, we usually begin by explaining the two main courts you will be interested in.

Circuit Court: In Virginia, this is the court of General jurisdiction. We find criminal cases for which a person can be sentenced to the state penitentiary, and all jury trials are heard here.

General District Court: In Virgina, this is the court of Limited jurisdiction. This court hears misdemeanors, ordinance violations, traffic cases and felony preliminaries. No jury trials are heard here.

What we’re getting at, is that there can be misdemeanors in either court, and felonies as well. At the General District Court, felonies would be preliminary hearings, but until the case is transferred to the Circuit, that might be the place to find them.

Because of this, we recommend searching the Circuit as well as the General District Court. The ultimate decision, of course, is with our client. We will search either or both, as the client wishes. Our charges are $7 per name, per court. Unless we are specifically told not to, we will always search both courts.

Turnaround is normally within 24 hours, but at times could take as much as 48 hours. If you need results in less than 24 hours we will do our best to satisfy you, but can't guarantee that we will be able to respond any quicker.

Following is a list of the state courts we can search:

Choose the letter the County or City begins with

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