PORTSMOUTH COURTS

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court

If the victim or the defendant is under the age of 18 or the case involves persons related by blood or marriage, who share a child in common, or who have cohabitated within the past 12 months, the case will be heard in this court. 

Location: First floor of the courthouse

Clerk's Office: 757-393-8851

General District Court

If the victim and the defendant are over the age of eighteen or do not meet the relationship requirements for Juvenile Court, the case will be heard in this court.

Location: First floor of the courthouse

Clerk's Office: 757-393-8681

Circuit Court

Felony cases are heard in this court following the preliminary hearing, which occurs in either Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court or General District Court. Misdemeanor appeals are also tried in this court. The defendant's guilt or innocence is determined by either a jury trial or a bench trial.

Location: Second and third floors of the courthouse

Clerk's Office: 757-393-8671

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