Magistrate's Office

General Information

The Newport News Magistrates Office operates within the Department of Magistrate Services under the supervision of the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Virginia Supreme Court. Magistrates are independent judicial officers who provide neutral and unbiased assessments of facts presented to them by both law enforcement and the public. Magistrates do not and cannot investigate crimes. Magistrates primarily conduct hearings in which they review facts presented to them by law enforcement and citizens to determine if there is probable cause to issue criminal charges.

In addition to issuing criminal charges based on a finding of probable cause, magistrates in Newport News also:

  • Admit criminal defendants to bail or commit them to jail
  • Issue search warrants
  • Issue emergency protective orders
  • Issue mental health emergency custody orders and temporary detention orders
  • Issue medical emergency custody orders and temporary detention orders

Hours and Directions

The Newport News Magistrates Office is located at 230 25th Street at the corner of 25th Street and Huntington Avenue, inside the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court House. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The main office door is located on the front, right corner of the building. It is accessible to the public on the weekends, holidays, and when court is closed. All other times, you can access the magistrates office by going through the front of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court House and passing through security. Hearings in the magistrates office are generally handled in the order in which they are requested, with some exceptions.

Legal Information

Magistrates cannot provide legal advice. If you need legal advice you should consult an attorney. No magistrate can recommend an attorney for you. If you need assistance finding an attorney, the Virginia State Bar offers an attorney referral service by phone at (800) 552-7977. You can access the code of Virginia online through the Virginia Legislative Information System website.

For questions about your court date or a pending case, contact the court clerk for the court in which the case is being heard. Case information may also be available through the Virginia Judicial System Website.

The Magistrate may not disclose information on pending criminal charges. Please contact the Newport News Police Department at 757-928-4100 for information about outstanding warrants and summonses.

Contact the Newport News Sheriff’s Office at 757-926-3984 for information on jail inmates.