Albemarle General District Court

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The Albemarle General District Court is located within Charlottesville's Court Square as part of the Albemarle County courts complex.

Physical characteristics

The courthouse in which the general district court operates is connected to the Albemarle County Circuit Court through a hyphen constructed in 1986. The general district court was part of a 1938 renovation of the courthouse. There are three stories with a basement level that opens up onto High Street.

The General District Courthouse contains the Commonwealth’s Attorney offices, holding cells and mechanical equipment rooms at the basement level, General District Courtroom (Courtroom No 2), Judge’s Chambers, a small Hearing room (previously the Witness Room and Lawyers’ conference room), the Clerk of the General District Court, Public Lobby, Security Station, restrooms and vestibule/airlock on the first floor.  [1]

The second floor contains offices for the Clerk of the Circuit Court offices, historic and current record storage, service counters and research areas as well as restrooms and support spaces. 

A 2011 building survey suggested replacing the heating and air conditioning system, but also suggested that there were operational deficiencies including security, building circulation, and space allocation.

The county is currently examining an option that would move the county courts complex to a new location in Albemarle. See Albemarle County Courts Relocation for more information.


  • Phyllis L. Stewart, Clerk
  • Hon. Robert H. Downer Jr., Presiding Judge, Chief Judge
  • Hon. William G. Barkley, Presiding Judge
  • Hon. Edward K. Carpenter, Judge
  • Hon. Dale B. Durrer, Judge


  1. Web. Courts Master Plan Study, Dewberry, FPW Architects, NCSC, Courts Master Plan Study, Albemarle County, September 2012, retrieved August 5, 2014.

External links

Official site