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Have a court date? These cases are still being heard



In compliance with Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons’ Order of March 16, 2020, declaring a Judicial Emergency in response to COVID-19 Emergency, the following practices are adopted by the General District Courts, Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts, and the Circuit Court of Henry County.

GENERAL DISTRICT COURT: Martinsville, Henry County and Patrick County

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.

Anyone necessary to a proceeding who is sick should alert the Clerk’s Office, Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, or their attorney’s office.

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

JUVENILE & DOMESTIC RELATIONS DISTRICT COURT: Martinsville, Henry County and Patrick County

The Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts for the counties of Henry and Patrick and the City of Martinsville will continue to hear the following types of cases during the Judicial State of Emergency:

  • 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 are scheduled to be in Court for one of the above-listed matters, and are feeling ill, please contact the Clerk’s Office to reschedule your case.

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

All other matters will be continued to the earliest possible available date.

The Clerk’s Offices for these Courts will remain open and operate on normal business hours at this time.


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.

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

All civil, traffic, and criminal matters including jury trials are continued, subject to a defendant’s right to a speedy trial, with the exception of emergency matters including bond hearings and reviews.

The Court will exercise its discretion in cases where the defendant is incarcerated.

Anyone having a question regarding the status of their case should contact their attorney.

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

This order will remain in effect until April 6, unless expanded by further order.