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General District

Henry General District Court

21st Judicial District of Virginia

The court that most people have contact with is the general district court. The general district court handles most traffic violations. The general district court also hears minor criminal cases known as misdemeanors and conducts preliminary hearings for more serious criminal cases called felonies.

General district courts have exclusive authority to hear civil cases with claims of $4,500 or less and share authority with the circuit courts to hear cases with claims between $4,500 and $15,000. Examples of civil cases are landlord and tenant disputes, contract disputes and personal injury actions.

There is a general district court in each city and county in Virginia. General district court judges are elected by the General Assembly for 6 year terms.

Continuance Policy

First continuance granted by Clerk. Subsequent continuances by Judge. Civil continuances by agreement between litigants. If cannot agree, Judge will hold hearing to determine if continuance granted.

Court Schedule

Daily, 8:30am

State Police
Mon. & Wed., 9:00am
1st, 3rd, & 5th Mon. & Wed., 2:00pm

County Sheriff
Thurs., 9:00 a.m.
2nd & 4th Mon., Wed., & Thurs., 2:00pm

Citizen V. Citizen
1st, 3rd, & 5th Thurs., 2:00pm

Tues., 9:00am, utility
Tues., 9:30am., other civil. Contested cases scheduled.
Tues., 10:15am, Unlawful Detainer & Warrant in Detinue.
Tues., 11:00am, Scheduled civil contested cases.
Tues., 2:00pm, Small Claims

Miscellaneous dockets, high profile cases, spill-over dockets, etc.
Fri., 9:00am


Mrs. Judy Dyer

Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Telephone: (276) 634-4815

Fax: (276) 634-4825

Address: 3160 Kings Mountain Road, Suite A, Martinsville, VA 24112


Hon. Edwin A. Gendron Jr.