At Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico, we have represented a wide variety of traffic and criminal cases in Roanoke City General District Court over the years.
The criminal court schedule for Roanoke City District Court is as follows:
- Criminal Cases
- Arraignments: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.
- Trials: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m.
- Special hearings/cases: Monday through Friday, 2 p.m.
- Traffic Cases
- Trials: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m.
- VASAP revocations: 3rd Tuesday of every month, 2 p.m.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense and have an arraignment, we can typically appear on your behalf.
If your criminal case has been filed in Roanoke City District Court and you’d like to request a new arraignment date after retaining defense or for other reasons, you can request a continuance. It’s not guaranteed that your court date will be rescheduled, but frequently the court will allow you one rescheduled court date.
The continuance request must be made in writing and submitted to Rick S. Kahl, the Clerk, prior to your trial date. If your continuance has been approved, you must report to the Clerk’s office to sign a recognizance as soon as possible (within five working days). If you fail to report to the Clerk’s office, the court will issue a capias – a court order for law enforcement to take you into custody. If you’re seeking a continuance in this court, it’s best to work with a local Roanoke criminal defense attorney to ensure a smooth rescheduling of your court date and fewer interactions with law enforcement.