The Powhatan County Courthouse is located in the Village of Powhatan on Old Buckingham
Road (Route 13). Normal business hours are from
8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Powhatan's graceful Greek
revival courthouse, restored to its 19th-century elegance, houses three courts, the Office of
the Circuit Court Clerk, the Office of the General District Court Clerk, and the Sheriff.
The Circuit Court, part of the 11th Judicial
Circuit of Virginia, is presided over by Judge Thomas V. Warren. This court hears criminal cases,
law and civil cases, chancery and equity cases, and cases which have been
appealed from both the General District Court and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations
District Court. A Circuit Court is the only court in the State of Virginia
where cases may be tried by a jury. All cases brought before
Judge Warren are heard in the remodeled Circuit Court room.
separate court room, the General District Court hears cases
involving misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and civil suits in
which damages sought are under $15,000. Extradition hearings are
also conducted in this court as well as preliminary hearings in
felony cases. The Judge of the General District Court is
Richard E. Lewis, Jr., who also presides over General District Court in Amelia, Nottoway, and Dinwiddie counties.
District Court meets at 9:30 a.m. each Monday.
Domestic Relations Court meets each Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the District Court room.
Judge Valentine W. Southall hears cases
involving delinquency, child and spousal support, custody, spousal abuse, foster care,
violation of probation, and traffic violations charged against
persons under 18.
The Office of the Circuit Court
Clerk has many
responsibilities connected with the work of the court. However,
the Clerk is also charged with a number of other duties, from
issuing marriage licenses to recording deeds, probating wills, and
indexing corporation charters. The Clerk gives the oath of office
to elected and appointed officials, files documents and briefs
in law suits, aids those engaged in historical and genealogical
research, and collects overdue traffic fines. All this and more is
in the hands of Circuit Court Clerk William E. Maxey Jr., and his
staff and requires a considerable amount of space in the courthouse complex.
On the lower level of the courthouse complex is
the County Sheriff's Department, with the dispatcher's office at
its center. From this point, dispatchers communicate by radio and
telephone with officers in patrol cars in response to citizen
calls for assistance or complaints of illegal activities.
The County's system also uses computers to allow dispatchers to
instantly identify addresses, telephone numbers, and names of
people calling for help.