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Have a court date? These cases are still being heard

Updated: Apr 1



HENRY COUNTY, VA – The judicial emergency order issued on March 16 by Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons, which would expire on Monday, has been extended to April 26.


The General District Courts of Martinsville, Henry County, and Patrick County will remain open to hear the following types of cases:

  • Arraignments

  • Bond hearings (all types)

  • Protective Orders

  • Criminal trials and preliminary hearings for incarcerated defendants only.

All other pending cases (traffic, criminal and civil) will be continued and rescheduled.


People who have received a traffic citation for the following reasons may have their case dismissed by providing the Clerk with verification they have corrected the issue:

  • Vehicle inspection

  • Expired vehicle registration

  • Not having their driver’s license or vehicle registration in possession.

Only people necessary to the proceedings will be allowed in the Courtroom.


Cases that cannot be heard without a witness who is sick will be continued.


The Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts will continue to hear the following types of cases during:

  • Arraignments

  • Bond hearings

  • Protective Orders

  • Emergency Removal Petitions

  • Any criminal matter involving an adult defendant who is incarcerated or a juvenile defendant who is detained

  • Foster Care Review Hearings


If you have any questions about whether you need to appear in court on your scheduled court date, please contact the appropriate clerk’s office:

  • Henry County (276) 634-4830

  • Martinsville (276) 403-5168

  • Patrick County (276) 694-3927


Everyone is encouraged to transact any business with the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office by mail, phone, or electronic means and avoid coming into the office if possible; thereby minimizing any risk to our citizens, customers and staff.


Please consider not accessing the Clerk’s Office if your business is considered non-essential.


Non-essential business is transactions such as passport applications and concealed handgun applications.


Concealed handgun applications may be mailed with a copy of your driver’s license, a copy of your previous/current handgun permit, if applicable; evidence of completion of handgun safety course, if you are a first-time applicant; and $35.00.


Visit the clerk’s office website for a complete list of online services.


Payment for fines, costs, and restitution can be made here or by mailing to Henry County Circuit Court, 3160 Kings Mountain Road, Suite B, in Martinsville, or by calling 276-634-4880.


Contact the Clerk of Circuit Court by phone at 276-634-4880 for any questions or concerns regarding these requests.


Courtroom attendance is limited to attorneys, parties, necessary witnesses and members of the press for matters that cannot be continued.


Anyone who is sick should alert the clerk’s office, commonwealth attorney’s office, or their attorney’s office.

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