How do I sue someone in Small Claims Court or Civil Court?

The civil jurisdiction for claims in the General District Court is $25,000. You may obtain a civil warrant from the General District Court Clerk’s office during our business hours which are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except State holidays. Filing fee of a civil warrant is $50. An additional fee of $12 per defendant is required for service by the Sheriff. No additional fee is required for service by a private process server.

Civil Court is held every Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the York County General District Court:

Courtroom 3
300 Ballard Street
Yorktown, VA 23690

The Court date will be assigned at the time the warrant is filed with the Clerk’s Office. If the defendant contests the claim, everyone must appear on the first return date for the Judge to schedule a trial. Continuances are not granted unless agreed upon by all parties.

The Small Claims division has jurisdiction over claims in which the plaintiff is seeking a money judgment up to $5,000 or recovery of personal property valued up to that amount. Small Claims cases are heard on the third Mondays each month at 1:00 p.m. The cost for a Warrant In Debt - Small Claims Division is the same as for all other civil warrants. All parties should appear in Court prepared for trial. Contested claims are heard on the first return date and are not rescheduled.

As a general reminder, the Clerk’s Office can give basic instructions on how to fill out forms, but cannot give legal advice about your case. If you need a lawyer please contact the Virginia State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service at 800-552-7977.

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