Criminal Division


The Criminal Division is responsible for the indexing, processing and maintaining of felony and misdemeanor criminal appeal cases, including the indexing and processing of traffic appeal cases and collecting court costs. The plaintiff in criminal cases is the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the individual charged with the offense is the defendant. The Criminal Division handles cases that have been certified to grand jury or transferred by a judge for trial in Circuit Court.

Online Case Information System 2.0

Online access to a statewide search of criminal and traffic case information in general district courts and select circuit courts. Note: Payments cannot be made using this system.

case alert subscription system (cass)

The Case Alert Subscription System (CASS) is a court case event update service that enables users to receive email and text message updates related to cases in the trial courts of Virginia for which case information is available through OCIS 2.0. There are no fees charged to use CASS .  

Updates received through CASS are not intended to be, and are not a substitute for, the official record or legal notice of a court event. CASS is a courtesy reminder service. Users should independently verify court event dates, times, and locations. The data used by CASS may not include recent case updated. OES disclaims any responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions, or inaccurate information. 

Note About Legal Advice

**Court personnel are prohibited by law from giving legal advice, restating the law or recommending legal action. Questions regarding interpretation of the law should be directed to an attorney licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.**

Obtain A Copy

There are several ways to obtain copies of filed documents. See more information.