General District Court
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.
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.
Daily, 8:30 a.m.
Mon. & Wed., 9:00 a.m.
1st, 3rd, & 5th Mon. & Wed., 2:00 p.m.
Thurs., 9:00 a.m.
2nd & 4th Mon., Wed., & Thurs., 2:00 p.m.
Citizen V. Citizen
1st, 3rd, & 5th Thurs., 2:00 p.m.
Tues., 9:00 a.m., utility
Tues., 9:30 a.m., other civil. Contested cases scheduled.
Tues., 10:15 a.m., Unlawful Detainer & Warrant in Detinue.
Tues., 11:00 a.m., Scheduled civil contested cases.
Tues., 2:00 p.m., Small Claims
Miscellaneous dockets, high profile cases, spill-over dockets, etc.
Fri., 9:00 a.m.
Mrs. Judy Dyer
Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Phone: (276) 634-4815
Fax: (276) 634-4825
3160 Kings Mountain Road
Martinsville, VA 24112
- Hon. R. Morgan Armstrong~*
- Hon. Edwin A. Gendron Jr.
* Chief Judge
~ Presiding Judge