Post-Court Payments: Effective July 20, 2009, if you are tried in your absence and wish to pay your fines and costs, you can go the Supreme Court of Virginia website at www.courts.state.va.us. When you get to the homepage click on “Online Services” then click on “Payments Online (General District Courts Only).” Court Calendar – Matters regarding traffic violations are heard on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Prepayment of Fines and Costs – Most traffic infractions may be prepaid prior to the scheduled court date. If you elect to prepay your tickets prior to the court date, you can make payments in the form of cash (in person), personal check, or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the Henrico General District Court. You may prepay your tickets on the day of court as follows:

If you are scheduled to be in court at 9:30 a.m. and wish to prepay your ticket(s), you must do so no later than 9:15 a.m.

If you are scheduled to be in court at 11:00 a.m. and wish to prepay your ticket(s), you must do so no later than 10:45 a.m.

If you are scheduled to be in court at 1:30 p.m. and wish to prepay your ticket(s), you must do so no later than 1:15 p.m.

You may pay your tickets in person at the Henrico General District Court Clerk’s office, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The General District Court Clerk’s office is located at the Henrico Government Center, Parham and Hungary Spring Road.

If you elect to make your payment by mail, be sure to include the yellow summons, or a copy of the summons, that was issued by the officer. Attach your check or money order to the summons and mail it to the court. NEVER SEND CASH THROUGH THE MAIL. If you have any questions regarding prepayment of fines/costs, contact the Clerk’s office at (804) 501-4723.

The General District Court does accept payments made with MasterCard/Visa; however, credit card payments will not be accepted over the telephone. A 4% convenience fee will be added for credit/debt card payments.

You may also prepay your summons online by going to the Supreme Court
website at www.courts.state.va.us.
When you get to the main page click on General District Court Case Information
and follow the instructions. Online prepayments will not be accepted after 3:30 p.m.
the day prior to your court date.

A 4% convenience fee will be added for credit/debt card payments.

Payments must be received within 30 days following your court date to prevent the suspension of your operator’s/driver’s license for failure to pay. If the court has not received your payment within 40 days following your court date, your account will begin to accrue interest and will be sent to the collection agent. The total amount due will include the interest posted to your account.

Offense Fine Cost
Speeding § 46.2-870; § 46.2-871 through § 46.2-872;
§ 46.2-873.1 through § 46.2-876; § 46.2-878; § 46.2-881;
$6.00 per mile over the speed limit $66.00
Speeding § 46.2-873 School CrossingSpeeding § 46.2-878.1 Highway Work Zone $7.00 per mile over the speed limit $66.00
Speeding § 46.2-878.2 Residence District where posted $8.00 per mile over the speed limit $200.00 $66.00
Fail to obey highway sign $30.00 $66.00
Fail to obey traffic light VA Code Section 46.2-833 $100.00 $66.00
Evasion of traffic control device VA Code Section 46.2-833.1 $50.00 $66.00
Fail to obey stop sign $30.00 $66.00
Fail to yield right of way $30.00 $66.00
Fail to drive on right side of highway $25.00 $66.00
Fail to give proper signal $30.00 $66.00
Following too closely $30.00 $66.00
Impeding flow of traffic $30.00 $66.00
Improper lane change $30.00 $66.00
Improper passing $30.00 $66.00
Improper towing $30.00 $66.00
Improper U-turn $30.00 $66.00
Drive wrong way on one-way street $30.00 $66.00
Equipment violations $30.00 $66.00
Creating a traffic hazard $20.00 $66.00
Possess/Use radar detector $40.00 $66.00
Expired State Inspection $30.00 $66.00
Drive on expired rejected sticker $50.00 $66.00
Expired State tags or registration $25.00 $66.00
Fail to carry license or registration $10.00 $66.00
Fail to display license plates $25.00 $66.00
Fail to dim headlights $30.00 $66.00
Fail to wear a seatbelt (Adult) $25.00 No Cost
Fail to wear seatbelt (Minor Age 8-17 years) $50.00 No Cost
Child restraint violation through Age 8 $50.00 No Cost
Public Swearing/Intoxication $25.00 $76.00
Using Abusive Language $60.00 $76.00

If you are issued multiple summonses you would only pay the $66.00 court costs on one summons. The other summonses would include the fine plus $15.00. For example:

SUMMON
FINE
COST
Fail to obey a highway sign:

$30.00

$66.00

= $96.00
Possess/Use radar detector:

$40.00

$15.00

= $55.00

Total:

$70.00

$81.00

= $151.00

If you are not sure how much your total fines and costs will be, contact the Henrico General District Court Clerk’s office at (804) 501-4723.

If you are involved in an accident and NOT CHARGED WITH RECKLESS DRIVING, and you are the defendant, you may prepay your ticket in lieu of appearing in court. If you are unsure of the amount of the fine contact the Henrico General District Court Clerk’s office at (804) 501-4723.

Trial in Absentia -If payment is not received by your court date the judge may try you in your absence, and impose any fine within statutory guidelines. In addition to the fine imposed and the $66.00 court cost, an additional $35.00 tried in absence fee is assessed. A bill notice will be mailed to you at the address on the summons within 2 business days after your court date.  However, it is your responsibility to contact the court to find out how much you owe the court. You will have 30 calendar days to pay all fines and costs owed to the Court. Failure to pay your fines and costs will result in your privilege to drive being suspended and/or revoked by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Right to Appeal – If you wish to appeal your case you must note the appeal, in writing, within ten (10) calendar days from your court date. If you have any questions regarding appeal procedures, contact the General District Court Clerk’s office at 501-4723.

Continuances

1. Purpose:
To establish policies and procedures to assist individuals when requesting a continuance.

2. Policy:
It is the policy of this court that continuances are granted by the presiding Judge and will be reviewed on the court date. Continuances will not be granted prior to the scheduled court date. There are no exceptions.

3. Procedure:
Continuances may be requested in writing, or by Facsimile (804) 501-7388. The request should be made as far in advance of the scheduled court date as is practicable. It is the defendant’s duty to contact the court on the scheduled court date, or as soon as possible thereafter, and inquire as to the Judges ruling on the request. If the request is granted, the new court date will be provided to the defendant once the court is contacted. The court will not notify the defendant of the new court date. Failure to contact the court regarding the continuance will result in the defendant being “Tried in Absentia” and fines and costs assessed.