In many instances, a resident's first contact with Virginia’s Judicial System comes through the Office of the Magistrate.
The magistrate provides an independent, unbiased review of complaints of criminal conduct brought to the office by law enforcement or the general public.
Magistrate duties include:
- Issuing arrest warrants, summonses, bonds, search warrants, subpoenas, and certain civil warrants.
- Conducting bail hearings in instances in which an individual is arrested on a warrant charging him or her with a criminal offense.
Magistrates provide services on an around-the-clock basis, conducting hearings in person or through the use of videoconferencing systems and are available at two locations in the county: