Albemarle County Court’s Information Page

This page is designed as a quick information source for the Albemarle County Courts. For specific court information, please see the corresponding link.

Albemarle Circuit Court
16th Judicial Circuit of Virginia

Albemarle County Courthouse
Court Square
501 East Jefferson Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902-5110
Clerk: Honorable Debra Shipp
Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Telephone Numbers: 434/972-4083
Fax: 434/293-0298
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Albemarle General District Court
16th Judicial District of Virginia

Clerk: Ms Phyllis L. Stewart

501 E. Jefferson Street, Suite 138
Charlottesville, VA 22902-5110

Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Telephone Numbers:
Fax: 434/972-4092
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Albemarle Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
16th Judicial District of Virginia

411 E. High Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Clerk: Ms Jody Ann Shelley

Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Telephone Numbers:
Fax: 434/293-0211
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Albemarle County Court’s Rules & Regulations
Courtroom Security & Prohibited items

The Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office provides the court security staff that is responsible for maintaining order and proper decorum in all courts. The Albemarle County Deputies assigned to Court Services are responsible for inmate transportation and courtroom security. Our Court Security Staff is also responsible for assisting the public.

In order to maintain a safe and secure environment, all persons and parcels entering the courts are subject to search. Cell phones are prohibited beyond the security screening desks at Albemarle County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court. Cell Phones are allowed in Albemarle County General District Court and Albemarle County Circuit Court but only in the completely turned-off position.

Prohibited Items in all Albemarle County Courthouses:
  • Possession of firearms within all Albemarle County Courthouses is limited to the Court Deputies and Law Enforcement Officers only.
  • Law Enforcement Officers entering court for personal matters (i.e., custody, civil or criminal case) are prohibited from entering the courthouse with weapons.
  • The general public is prohibited from entering all Albemarle County Courthouses with weapons or items considered to be weapons including, but not limited to: Knives, Box Cutters, Cutting Tools/Instruments, Scissors, Needles, Nail Files or Clippers, Chemical Agents, Firearms, and Tasers.

Other Unauthorized Items Include:

  • Cameras of any kind.
  • Video Cameras of any kind.
  • Recording Devices of any kind.
  • Umbrellas.
  • Bottle / Can openers
  • Food and Beverages are not allowed in any Albemarle County Court.

The Albemarle County Court Security Staff is not authorized to store any materials for persons entering the court areas. Please contact the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office at 434-972-4001 with questions regarding any of the aforementioned items.

Albemarle County Court’s General Information

Parking There are several public parking garages in the downtown Charlottesville area. Please check the rates before you enter the parking garages. The Albemarle County Courts or the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office does not validate parking receipts. There are limited two-hour street parking spaces. Parking regulations are strictly enforced by the local police department. Frequently Asked Questions about Virginia's Court System Please see the following link provided by the Virginia Judicial System:

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J. E. "Chip" Harding

Albemarle Sheriff's Office
411 E. High Street Bldg B
Charlottesville, Va 22902