Circuit Court


Letter: Local Circuit Court Internship is First Rate

First, I am grateful for the opportunity that I have had this summer to assist the Fredericksburg Circuit Court. I have gained practical skills that I have not had the privilege of learning anywhere else, such as contributing to long-term projects and insight into how our judiciary system functions.

I firmly believe students need to be engaged in their communities. Students also need to acclimate to the workplace and learn how to interact with others in a professional manner. This internship is certainly designed for interns to have those experiences. The Fredericksburg Circuit Court is distinctly different from any other internship I have done. The workplace is inviting, friendly and oriented to serve the public effectively. The staff is incredibly helpful and takes the time to be engaged with the interns.

The leadership within the Circuit Court of Fredericksburg is phenomenal. The employees and staff contribute to the great working environment that I have found this summer. I hope future interns have the same appreciation for their experiences. The city of Fredericksburg should be proud of its judiciary system and its community

Thank you,

Allison Criss, Spotsylvania


The Clerk of the Circuit Court is one of five constitutional officers elected by citizens of Fredericksburg. In Virginia, the office dates from 1619. The Code of Virginia provides for over 800 responsibilities for the Clerk of the Circuit Court, but his or her chief responsibilities include serving as recorder of deeds, deciding certain issues of probate, issuing marriage licenses, creating court records, and certifying and archiving all records of the Circuit Courts and other records as provided by law. Fredericksburg's current Clerk of the Circuit Court, Jeff Small, was elected in 2011.


The Circuit Court of the City of Fredericksburg is the City's court of general jurisdiction, established by the General Assembly of Virginia. Its primary mission is to provide an effective, efficient, fair and open forum for adjudication, under the law, of every sort of civil and criminal controversy that can be decided in the courts of the City of Fredericksburg.

The Clerk's office cannot help you with preparing or correcting your file. It is illegal. Va. Code 19.2-392.2