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King & Queen County
Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court

9th Judicial District of Virginia

351 Courthouse Lane, Suite 206
King William, VA 23086

Phone: 804-769-4946
Fax: 804-769-4940

Office Hours (In King William County) 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday, except legal holidays

The Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Clerk's Office is located in the new Courts & Public Safety Building at 351 Courthouse Lane in King William County.

Judge, Mara M. Matthews

Clerk, Shannon F. Meadowcroft


General Information

In Virginia, a juvenile is any person under 18 years of age. The Juvenile and Domestic Relations 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. Because of confidentiality laws, juvenile information is not provided over the telephone. Information may be released in person with proper ID to a person that is a party to a case.

This court does not conduct jury trials. All cases are heard by a judge.

The judges of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court are elected by the General Assembly for six year terms. The Honorable Mara M. Matthews currently presides in King & Queen & King William County, which lies in the state's 9th Judicial District.

Each court has a court clerk's office which processes all case papers, Keeps court records and provides information to the people involved in a case (to the extent permitted by law). Anyone wishing to make a witness appear at a court hearing may request the issuance of a subpoena (a document used to require a person to come to the court hearing) at the court clerk's office. While court personnel are not permitted to offer legal assistance, they can provide general prcedural information. Because of confidentiality laws, juvenile information is not provided over the telephone. Information may be released in person with proper ID to a person that is a party to a case.

Court Schedules

Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court is held in the courtroom in the Courts and Administration Building at King & Queen Courthouse located at 242 Allen’s Circle.

3rd Tuesday of each month
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Mediation for Custody/Visitation

1st & 3rd Monday of each month
8:15 a.m. - Arraignments
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Traffic & Protective Orders
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Criminal Trials
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Criminal Dipositions/Traffic Dispositions
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - DCSE/Non DCSE Dcoments
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Contested Custody/Visitation and DSS


Online Payments

J&DR courts now have online payments available for juveniles and adults owing fines, costs and restitution to the court. Accounts not eligible for online payments are: prepayments for juvenile traffic matters, accounts that are sealed, accounts under special review by the court, or accounts in bankruptcy proceedings.
Payments may be made at https://eapps.courts.state.va.us/fmsOnline



9th Distric Court Service Unit (CSU)

King and Queen | King William Branch Office

41 Horse Landing Road (PO Box 146)
King William, VA 23086

Office Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Phone: 804-769-4944 (main)
Williamsburg District Office: 757-564-2460 (main)


9th District Court Service Unit (CSU) serves eleven jurisdictions, which includes the two cities of Poquoson and Williamsburg, and nine counties of Charles City, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, James City, and York.

The services provided by 9th District CSU include juvenile intake, probation, parole, and pre-dispositional investigations. The 9th District CSU is also the site of the Statewide Video Intake Unit. The District office is located in Williamsburg, VA.

Please call the main telephone number for assistance or to schedule an appointment.


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