In civil cases, the Circuit Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the General District Court over claims from $4,500 to $25,000 and exclusive original jurisdiction over almost all claims exceeding $25,000. The Circuit Court also has jurisdiction over divorce cases, disputes concerning wills and estates, and controversies involving real property.
The most often mentioned civil claim is a claim for compensation as the result of someone's negligence in causing an automobile accident. Other types of civil claims heard in the Circuit Courts are:
Breach of contract
Appointments for hearings on civil matters are scheduled through the Judge's Assistant who may be reached at 757-564-2300.
Counsel and pro se parties are required to file a Praecipe requesting that the Court set the matter for trial. After the Praecipe is filed, the Judge will forward a letter to all counsel and unrepresented parties requesting that they coordinate their available dates and contact the Judge's Assistant by telephone at 757-564-2300 to set the trial date.
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