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Prince William County General District Court judges conduct hearings for civil, traffic, criminal misdemeanors and preliminary hearings for felony cases. The general district court handles most traffic violations. The General District Court does not conduct jury trials. A judge hears all cases in this court. Jury trials are held only in Circuit Court, as provided by the State Constitution. 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.

Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court handles criminal and traffic violations by juveniles and serious internal family relations problems. Other sections of the court enforce the judges' orders including probation and child support, and assist in finding temporary homes for children under court supervision.

Contact information:
General District Court,
9311 Lee Avenue,
Manassas, VA 20110-5586.
Phones:
Traffic/Criminal Division: (703) 792-6141
Traffic/Criminal Fax: (703) 792-6121
Civil Division: (703) 792-6149
Archives Division: (703) 792-6152



 

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