Circuit Court


  • Hon. Paul W. Cella, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Joseph M. Teefey, Jr., Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Dennis M. Martin, Presiding Judge

Terms of Court & General Information

  • Criminal term begins: third Thursday of each month
  • Civil term begins: third Thursday of each month
  • Grand Juries: first day of criminal term
  • Criminal cases set on Term Day
  • Civil cases set on Civil Term Day in pre-trial conference for matured cases
  • Court convenes at 9 a.m.
  • Commissioners in Chancery are utilized

Online Payments and Payment Plans 

Petersburg Circuit Court accepts credit and debit card payments for court fees and fines. 

Go to to make a payment. 


To establish a payment plan for court costs and fines with the Petersburg Circuit Court, visit the Judicial Website at 

  1. Print and completely fill out Form DC-211 Petition for Payment Agreement for Fines and Costs or Motion to Modify Existing Agreement. 
  2. Notarize Form DC-211. 
  3. Mail notarized Form DC-211to Petersburg Circuit Court Clerk's Office at 7 Courthouse Avenue, Petersburg, VA 23803 for review.  
  4. Please allow 5-7 business days for approval notification from the date that we receive your petition in the mail.