General District Court

The Mission of the General District Court is to administer justice in a fair, timely and efficient manner in the areas of criminal, traffic, civil, small claims and involuntary civil commitment.


  • Richard J. McCue, Chief Judge
  • Dorothy H. Clarke
  • Karen A. Henenberg
  • Thomas J. Kelley Jr.


Steven Spurr

The General District Court handles misdemeanor cases and holds preliminary hearings to determine probable cause in felonies and preside over involuntary mental commitment hearings for Arlington County. In this role, the General District Court has exclusive jurisdiction over claims for damages not greater than $25,000.

General District Court

1425 N. Court House Road, Suite 2500

Arlington, VA 22201

Main Number: 703-228-7900

Prepayable Traffic Fine: 703-228-4599

Clerk’s Office: 703-228-4591