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Circuit Court: 

John Marshall Courts Building

400 N. 9th Street, Room 100

Richmond, Virginia 23219

Tel: 804-646-3500

Fax: 804-646-0506

 

General District Court:

Marsh Manchester Courts Building

920 Hull Street

Richmond, Virginia 23224

Tel: 804-646-8704

Fax: 804-646-8988

 

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court:

Oliver W. Hill Courts Building

1600 Oliver Hill Way

Richmond, Virginia 23219

Tel: 804-646-2950

Fax: 804-646-3225

 

Victim Witness

Tel: 804-646-7665

Fax: 804-646-3610

 

 

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Colette Wallace McEachin     

     The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Richmond is led by Colette Wallace McEachin. Colette is the first woman and the first African-American woman ever elected Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney. When Colette was elected Commonwealth's Attorney in November, 2019, she brought with her over 20 years of prosecutorial experience and knowledge. 

     During her time with the Commonwealth's Attorney's office, Colette has helped to make Richmond a safe, just and equitable city for all, including victims, witnesses and offenders. Colette's efforts to enhance public safety and reduce recidivism include multiple innovative and progressive criminal justice reforms, including the enhanced use of restorative justice principles. Her office offers many alternatives to incarceration for most non-violent offenders. 

 

 

   

 

Innovative, Progressive and Restorative Criminal Justice Reforms and Alternatives to Incarceration

  • Community Justice Reform Unit (CJR) – CJR will (1) implement and expand Restorative Justice practices in both the juvenile and adult courts; (2) increase opportunities to divert those who commit non-violent offenses away from the criminal justice system, especially those who struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues; (3) optimize the use of current alternative programming and specialized dockets; (4) utilize trauma- informed practices for cases involving emotional or physical violence; and (5) ensure fair discovery practices and compliance in case and trial preparation by our attorneys.

  • Mandatory implicit bias training for all attorneys

  • Opposition of cash bonds for most non-violent offenses - Instead of requesting cash bonds, the Commonwealth will request evidence-based pretrial conditions to avoid pretrial incarceration for persons charged with most non-violent offenses.

  • Juvenile Justice - This office has worked toward dismantling “the school to prison pipeline” by partnering with various city agencies and the Richmond Police Department to reduce and divert the number of criminal cases stemming from behavior issues in school. This office has also revised the transfer and certification policies to prevent the vast majority of juveniles from being treated as adults in Circuit Court so that they can remain under the rehabilitative jurisdiction of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

  • Expansive General Continuance/Deferred Disposition Policy - The Commonwealth frequently agrees to dismiss or reduce criminal charges in exchange for the completion of an agreed amount of community service to be completed by the defendant or an agreed amount of restitution to be paid by the defendant to the victim. 

  • Mental Health Docket/Behavioral Health Docket/Adult Drug Court - These specialized dockets are handled by prosecutors trained in these areas and provide treatment and resources to help avoid or minimize incarceration and recidivism in all Richmond criminal courts.

  • Day Reporting Center ("DRC") - In appropriate cases, DRC provides behavioral therapy and life skills support to help reduce recidivism.

  • Restorative Justice and Community Conferencing - Restorative justice is an effort by the Commonwealth to shift the focus from prosecution and punishment by the courts to rehabilitation and restoration within the community.

  • First Felony Avoidance - The decision to prosecute a case which could result in a defendant's first felony conviction can only be made by Colette or one of her Deputy Commonwealth's Attorneys. 

  • Expungements – This office supports the expungement of eligible charges.  This office provides information regarding the expungement process to individuals in General District Court and allows individuals to personally serve their petitions for expungement in lieu of having to pay a process server to do so.