Civil Docket


Term Day in Middlesex is the fourth Monday in January, March, May, July, September, and November. If the Monday is a holiday, Term Day will be held on the next day, i.e., Tuesday. A praecipe must be filed by the Wednesday preceding the Term Day.

The Docket Call is at 10:00 a.m.

Counsel must appear to set cases or send an associate, paralegal, secretary, docket call service, opposing counsel or have a local attorney appear. The Clerk's Office and the Judge's Office DO NOT accept dates by telephone or fax.

The ONLY cases that may be set for trial outside of Term Day and do not require an appearance are:

  • Juvenile and Domestic Relations Appeals;
  • Divorce Cases, i.e, equitable distribution, permanent support and child custody;
  • Cases in which Judge Shaw has recused;
  • Jury and Bench Trials of 3 or more days.

No. 1 and 2 above do not require a praecipe and may be set anytime by telephone with Judge Shaw's Assistant, Lisa Holland. (804-693-1358)

No. 3 and 4 require a praecipe and are set by counsel faxing their AVAILABLE dates to Lisa Holland. (Fax No. 804-693-1755) It is preferred that the moving party obtain all participants' available dates, and then fax to the Court a list of dates that are mutually agreeable for all. Counsel should confer and indicate the length of the trial and whether it is a bench trial or a jury trial. Ms. Holland will then proceed to locate a retired judge to hear the case. Dates should be faxed no later than the Friday following the docket call. If dates are not timely received, the procedure will be required to start over at the next docket call.

The moving party is responsible for preparing and circulating a scheduling order within three weeks of scheduling a trial.

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