Commonwealth's Attorney Office

Patricia D. Scales, Commonwealth's Attorney          Jamie Abbott, Legal Assistant

pscales@cumberlandcounty.virginia.gov                   jabbott@cumberlandcounty.virginia.gov

PH: (804) 492-4018, Fax: (804) 492-3709,  M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Address: P.O. Box 285/Cumberland, VA 23040

The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s duties primarily encompass the prosecution of all criminal offenses occuring within Cumberland County, including traffic, misdemeanors and felonies. As the county's only prosecutor, the Commonwealth’s Attorney handles all of the cases in the Circuit, General District and Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts.

The General District Court convenes each Thursday (except for fifth Thursdays) at 8:30 a.m. and serves as the forum for the trial of all traffic and misdemeanor cases and for the preliminary hearing for all felonies.

The Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court handles all traffic and criminal matters involving minors, and all crimes involving family or household members such as in domestic violence cases.  Criminal court is held at 9:00 each Friday except for the fourth and fifth Fridays.  At least one parent is required to attend court with any defendant under the age of eighteen (18).

In the Circuit Court, the Commonwealth’s Attorney prosecutes all felony cases and misdemeanor criminal and traffic appeals tried on the court’s regular monthly schedule and is additionally responsible for the preparation and presentation of felony indictments to the Grand Jury which convenes in January, April, June, September and November. Circuit Court begins at 9:30 a.m.

Please see the Virginia Supreme Court website (www.courts.state.va.us) when you need to verify court dates and times in the General District and Circuit Courts. Cases pending in the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court are not available online.

Victim/Witness Services

Tiffany S. Booker, Director ( tbooker@cumberlandcounty.virginia.gov )

Victim/Witness Assistance Program

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department

1492 Anderson Highway

P.O. Box 136

Cumberland, Virginia 23040

Phone: 804-491-3362

 

The Victim-Witness Office’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • assisting in verifying your court date or obtaining follow-up information regarding the status of your case;
  • explaining courtroom procedures or answering questions about your role as a witness;
  • providing information about and applications for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund;
  • assisting if you would like someone to escort you to court and provide emotional support; and
  • providing assistance in obtaining reimbursement for travel expenses related to court appearances if you are an out-of-town victim and/or witness.

If you are the victim of a crime, please follow these steps for taking your case to court: For misdemeanors: Contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s office (804-492-4120) and request that a Magistrate be brought in to speak with you about whether a criminal warrant can be issued on your behalf. The Magistrate has the right to refuse to issue a warrant.

For felonies: Contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s office (804-492-4120) and ask to speak with a deputy so that your case can be investigated.

Warning! Please do not take out frivolous or falsified criminal warrants. You should take out a criminal warrant only if you want the other person criminally prosecuted, fined and/or jailed. Persons who choose to obtain falsified criminal warrants against others could face possible criminal prosecution that could result in conviction, fines and/or incarceration.