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Justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia

View the Investiture of The Honorable Wesley G Russell, Jr. as Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia

Contact and Operational Information:

  • Contact
    • Clerk of Court - Muriel-Theresa Pitney
    • Chief Deputy Clerk - William “Basil” Tsimpris
    • Deputy Clerk I - Lesley Smith
    • Deputy Clerk II - Jody James-Woods
    • Deputy Clerk III - Melissa B. Layman
      Address - Supreme Court of Virginia
      P.O. Box 1315
      100 North Ninth Street, 5th Floor
      Richmond, VA 23219-1315
    • Phone - (804) 786-2251
  • Operational Information
    • Hours of Operation
      Monday through Friday: 8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
      Filing Fee: $50.00

Shows dates the Court will be in session and conducting Writ Panels

Case Status and Information

Office of Chief Staff Attorney


Information Regarding Petitions for Appeal Docketed for a Writ Panel Hearing

Information Regarding Pending Appeals that Have Been Granted


  • By Date Issued (since 6/9/95)
    Effective immediately, the Supreme Court of Virginia will no longer hold opinions for release during a session of Court following oral argument. Instead, opinions will be released when deemed ready by the Justices and will typically be issued and posted on the Court's website on a Thursday.
  • Opinions Search
    Search opinions from the Supreme Court of Virginia (6/9/95 – present) and the Court of Appeals of Virginia (published opinions from 5/2/95 – present, and unpublished opinions from 3/5/02 – present)

Unpublished Orders
Unpublished orders for cases that were argued before the full court are posted to this page. Click on a case name to bring up further information about that appeal. 

Petitions for Rehearing
Must be filed electronically unless being filed pro se by a prisoner or with leave of Court in accordance with the Rules of the Supreme Court applicable to such rehearings.


Resources and Reference Materials

Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia

State of the Judiciary Addresses by the Honorable Donald W. Lemons, Chief Justice

Supreme Court of the United States Electronic Filing
On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court’s electronic filing system will begin operation. While paper will remain the official form of filing as under existing practice, parties represented by counsel will also be required to submit most documents through the new electronic filing system. Attorneys who expect to file documents electronically will need to register in advance for the system. Additional information is available at







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