Courts & Legal Services

The Mills E Godwin Courts Complex is where all legal business for the City of Suffolk is conducted - please contact the appropriate court for further information.

Circuit Court

The Circuit Court handles:
  • Appeals heard from lower courts
  • Cases involving large sums of money
  • Deeds recorded
  • Divorces
  • Felonies tried
  • Marriage certificates/licenses
  • Wills probated
For more information, contact W. Randolph Carter, Jr., Clerk of the Court at 757-514-7800.

General District Court

The General District Court handles:
  • Civil cases involving small amounts of money
  • Misdemeanors
  • Preliminary hearings for felonies
  • Traffic
For more information, contact the Clerk of the Court, Brenda Copeland Brown at 757-514-4822.

Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court

The Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court handles:
  • All matters involving or relating to juveniles
  • Custody cases
  • Support matters
  • Visitation
For more information, contact Sandra K. Perrin at 757-514-7768.

Court Services Unit

The Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court has a Court Services Unit that offers limited legal services to citizens. These services include, and are limited to assisting citizens, victims, and law enforcement officers file petitions for matters which fall under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

If you need assistance from this office, call 757-514-4311. Please note that legal advice can not be dispensed via the Court Services Unit - only by a licensed attorney.