Circuit Court

The Highland County Circuit Court is situated in the 25th Judicial Circuit of Virginia. Term dates are the 3rd Tuesday of March, June, September and December of each year with the Honorable Edward K. Stein as the current presiding Judge. 

Our records, beginning in 1847 at the formation of our county, consist of the following:land records, fiduciary/estate records; criminal, civil and chancery matters; marriage licenses; birth, death and military records. 

Our responsibilities include:

-Recording deeds and other real estate-related documents

-Processing divorces and name changes

-Handling criminal, civil, probate and estate matters

-Maintaining court records and other records as provided by law

-Appointing Notaries, Guardians and Conservators, and Church Trustees

-Issuing concealed handgun permits

-Issuing marriage licenses

-Management of Secured Remote Access

-Calculate federal state and local election results and retain during record retention

-As a courtesy, passport processing is offered by appointment