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Louisa County Court Services & Protective Orders
Criminal Courts
Louisa County Circuit Court

100 West Main Street

Louisa, VA 23093

The Circuit Courts in Virginia are trial courts for all felony cases as well as misdemeanor cases that have been appealed from lower courts. A judge or jury may hear any case before this court.

Louisa County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court


314 West Main Street

Louisa, VA 23093

The Juvenile and Domestic Courts in Virginia preside over preliminary hearings in felony matters and are trial courts for misdemeanor cases. This Court has jurisdiction when parties are related by blood or marriage, have lived or are living together, have a child in common, or where on party is a juvenile.

Louisa County General District Court

314 West Main Street

Louisa, VA 23093

The General District Courts in Virginia preside over preliminary hearings in felony matters and are trial courts for misdemeanor cases, including traffic offenses. This court has jurisdiction in adult matters that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Explanation of Protective Orders

Protective Orders

A law enforcement officer responding to the scene of family abuse can request an Emergency Protective Order (EPO) from a magistrate or judge by telephone or in person. You may also go to a magistrate and request one on your own. An EPO lasts 72 hours. The Louisa County Court Service Unit will consider your extension request should you need it. You must contact them for an appointment within 24 hours before the EPO expires. Bring to your appointment the name and physical address of the person from whom you are seeking protection and a copy of the EPO issued to you. Should the Court Service Unit grant your request, the intake office will issue petition for an extension and you will be given a date and time to appear in court before the judge who can issue a Preliminary and Protective Order.

Be sure to make multiple copies of any type of protective order, keeping one on your person, in your vehicle, your home, the home of your babysitter, at your children’s school, and at your place of employment. A valid protective order gives law enforcement officers the authority to arrest should the Protective order be violated.

 
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