General District Court

The Arlington County General District Court and Clerk's office will be closed at Noon, Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
The Court and Clerk's office will re-open at 8:00am on Monday, November 27th.





The General District Court is comprised of the Judges’ Office and the Clerk’s Office.

See the General District Court’s homepage on the Virginia’s Judicial System website for online court case information, forms, and prepayment.

The General District Court:

  • Handles misdemeanor cases and holds preliminary hearings to determine probable cause in felonies
  • Presides over involuntary mental commitment hearings for Arlington County.
  • Has exclusive jurisdiction over claims for damages not greater than $25,000.
  • Processes records such as criminal warrants, civil cases, and traffic summonses.


Brian. P Henshaw
703-228-7900 (Clerk’s Office)


  • Hon. Romaine Frances O’Brien, Chief Judge
  • Hon. Jason S. Rucker
  • Hon. Cari M. Steele