What is a Magistrate?

Many of the day-to-day functions of the criminal justice system involve a magistrate. A magistrate is a judicial officer appointed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide an extra check and balance in our justice system before a case goes to court.

Magistrates are involved in issuing many different legal processes, including but not limited to arrest warrants, search warrants, Protective Orders (also commonly known as "restraining orders"), Emergency Custody Orders and Temporary Detention Orders (both of which are used in mental health and medical situations).

Warren County is located in the 4th Region of Virginia's 26th Magisterial District along with Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Clarke, and Frederick Counties, and the Cities of Harrisonburg and Winchester.

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