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Circuit Court Judges Office

206 E. Main St., Third Floor
P.O. Box 1248
Wise, VA 24293-1248
(276) 328-8653
(276) 328-4351 Fax

Chief Circuit Judge
Hon. Jeffrey Hamilton
Presiding Circuit Judge
Hon. Tammy S. McElyea
Circuit Judge
Hon. Chadwick S. Dotson
Circuit Judge
Hon. John C. Kilgore
Velma Shell

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General District Court Office, 30th District

206 E. Main St., Rm. 345
P.O. Box 829
Wise VA 24293
(276) 328-3426/8296
(276) 328-4576  Fax

Chief Judge
Hon. Clarence E. Phillips
Presiding Judge
Hon. Shawn L. Hines
Clerk of Court
Ms Jean C. Sparks

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Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Office, 30th District

206 E. Main St., Rm. 124
P.O. Box 2320
Wise VA 24293
(276) 328-4486
(276) 328-7067 Fax

Chief / Presiding Judge
Hon. Elizabeth S. Wills
Hon. Ronald Kelley Elkins
Clerk of Court
Ms Susannah C Wells

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J & DR Court Service Unit, 30th District

224 Water St.
P.O. Box 1617
Wise, VA 24293-1617
(276) 328-2141/2151
(276) 328-4054 Fax

Probation Supervisor
Carol Anderson
Surveillance Officer
Tom Palmer

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Wise County Magistrate Office

Jonathan Robbins, Chief Magistrate
5607 Patriot Drive
Wise, VA  24923

General Information

The Wise County Magistrate Office operates under the supervision of the Department of Magistrate Services within the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Virginia Supreme Court. Magistrates are judicial officers of the Commonwealth of Virginia and are not associated with law enforcement agencies. One of a magistrate’s principal functions is to provide an independent, unbiased review of complaints from law enforcement officers and citizens to determine if there is probable cause for criminal charges. Magistrates may conduct hearings in person and through designated videoconference systems.
In addition to determining probable cause for criminal charges, magistrates may also:

  • Issue search warrants;
  • Admit to bail or commit to jail following an arrest;
  • Issue mental health and medical emergency custody orders and temporary detention orders;
  • Issue emergency protective orders;
  • Accept prepayment of fines and court costs for certain traffic and misdemeanor offenses; and
  • Issue civil warrants and order pre-trial levies and seizures in certain circumstances.

The Wise County Magistrate Office is within Magistrate Region 1, which also includes Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wythe counties, along with the Cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton, and Radford.  A magistrate may exercise his or her authority anywhere within the Region.

Hours and Directions

The Wise County Magistrate Office is located at 5607 Patriot Drive, Wise, VA, 24923.  The telephone number is 276-328-8947.  This office is open twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.  No appointment is necessary.

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