Clerk of Circuit Court

Clerk’s Office Responsibilities

The Clerk of Court is charged with the custody, safekeeping and proper indexing of legal and quasi-legal papers deposited in her office. Other responsibilities include:

  • Administering Oaths
  • Docketing and Filing of Criminal Actions
  • Filing Adoption Petitions
  • Filing Judgments
  • Filing of Civil Suits
  • Issuing Concealed Handgun Permits
  • Issuing Marriage Licenses
  • Probating Wills
  • Recording Land Records and Plats
  • Recording Military Discharge Forms

Case Information

Visit the Virginia Case Management System to search for case information.
A Deferred Installment Plan (PDF) is available; please see terms or call for more details.
Pay fines online through the Virginia Judiciary Online Payment System.

Land Records

Secure remote access of land records beginning July 1, 2006 is now available for $50 per month. Please print and complete the Secure Remote Access Application (PDF). Applications can be submitted in person or by mail. Please call the Clerk’s office for more information.

Mathews County Clerk of Court
P.O. Box 463
Mathews, VA 23109

Marriage Licenses

The court clerk’s office can issue a marriage license. The fee is $30 and you are required to bring your future spouse and a photo ID. The license is good for 60 days. Download and print the Marriage License Application (PDF). More details on marriage requirements can be found on the Virginia Department of Health website

Concealed Handgun Permit Application

The Application for Concealed Handgun Permit may be downloaded or completed online and printed from the Virginia State Police website.

Which Court Do I Need?

Many people do not realize there a three courts in Mathews County: Circuit Court, General District Court, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. General District Court hears traffic infractions, all misdemeanors under state law, and civil matters that do not exceed $25,000. The telephone number for General District Court is 804-758-4312.

Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court hears all criminal and traffic matters involving minors (under age 18). This court also handles matters involving the family such as custody, support, and visitation, family abuse cases, and criminal cases where the accused and the victim are family or household members. The telephone number for Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court is 804-693-4850.

General Information

Circuit Court Term Dates

  • Term Day is on the 3rd Monday of every other month at 9:30 am
    • Term Day is on the 3rd Tuesday in the month of January
  • Praecipe must be filed by the Wednesday of the preceding week of Term Day