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Botetourt County General District Court

In Botetourt County, the general district court and the juvenile and domestic relations courts are combined, which means that the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the court clerk serve both courts. Different presiding judges oversee and hear cases in general district court than in juvenile and domestic relations court. Joel Branscom represents the Commonwealth for Botetourt County. Bonnie Simmons serves as the court clerk.

The criminal court schedule for Botetourt County General District Court is as follows:

  • Criminal Cases
    • Arraignments: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m.
    • Trials: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11 a.m.
    • Special hearings/cases: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12 noon
  • Traffic Cases
    • Uncontested and unrepresented traffic: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 a.m.
    • Trials: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11 a.m.

Contact info

20 E Back St
Fincastle, VA 24090-4537

Courthouse Phone
540-473-8244

Driving directions

In Botetourt County, we can frequently submit a letter to waive the arraignment at 9 a.m. and represent you in court for a trial at 11 a.m. In some instances, you might not have to appear in court at all, which saves you from having to take time off of work, school, or other obligations. In traffic cases where you must appear, the clerk will typically grant a rescheduling. For any future continuances in traffic trials, a judge must grant the motion to have it rescheduled. If you’re looking to have your criminal case continued, a defense attorney can help you request a continuance through the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

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