Juvenile and Domestic Court Government

Juvenile and Domestic Court

21st Judicial District of Virginia

In Virginia, a juvenile is any person under 18 years of age. The juvenile and domestic relations district court hears all matters involving juveniles such as criminal or traffic matters. Juvenile delinquency cases are cases involving a minor under the age of 18 who has been accused of committing an offense that would be considered criminal if committed by an adult. Other juvenile offenses may be referred to as status offenses. Status offenses are those acts that are unlawful only because they are committed by a minor.

In addition, this court handles other matters involving the family such as custody, support and visitation. The court also hears family abuse cases, cases where adults have been accused of child abuse or neglect, and criminal cases where the defendant and alleged victim are family or household members.

There is a juvenile and domestic relations district court in each city and county. The judges of the juvenile and domestic relations district court are elected by the General Assembly for 6 year terms.


Continuance Policy

Continuances granted by Judge.


Court Schedule

Civil Support Tues., 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Custody, Visitation, & Support matters Tues., 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Fri., 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Adult & Juvenile Arraignment Hearings Tues., 3:00 p.m. Juvenile Traffic Wed., 8:30 a.m.
Adult Criminal Wed., 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Juvenile Criminal Wed., 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Emergency hearings any available time.


  • Clerk
    Ms Teresa D. Renz
    Email

  • Judges
    Hon. Robert Bushnell~
    Hon. Susan N. Deatherage*
    * Chief Judge
    ~ Presiding Judge

Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Phone: 276-403-5168
Fax: 276-656-5234

Address
P.O. Drawer 751
Municipal Building
55 W. Church Street
Martinsville, VA 24114--075