Municipal Court

Judge Matt Smith
501 Virginia Street East 
Charleston, WV 25301 
P: (304) 348-8079 
F: (304) 348-6894

Mailing Address:
Municipal Court
PO BOX 2749
Charleston, WV 25301


NOTICE:  Municipal Court Payments can now be made in the Municipal Court Clerk’s Office (Room 103 in City Hall) Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 7pm. Please call 304-348-8079 with any questions.

NOTICE:  Beginning March 1, 2023, no court will be held on Thursdays.  All traffic court/dog violations will be heard on Tuesdays.  If you are scheduled for court on a Thursday after March 1, you should receive a notice of your new court date in the mail if your address on file with the Court is up to date.  However, you are encouraged to contact the Municipal Court office to confirm your new court date.” 

Hours of operation:
Monday thru Friday: 7:30  a.m. - 7 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Hours of Court Sessions: 
Criminal Court begins at 3:00 p.m. each Wednesday with doors opening at 3:00 p.m
Traffic Court/Building/Zoning begins at 3:00 p.m. each Tuesday. 
Traffic Court/Dog Violations begins at 3:00 p.m. each Wednesday.

Click here for the Court Docket


Municipal Court

Located in the City of Charleston, West Virginia at 501 Virginia Street, East

Court Sessions begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday and  Wednesday - Guests enter via CPD security scan.  Court appearance dates are written at the bottom of the citation.

Municipal Court is located in the City Hall building on the corner of Virginia and Court Street. The entrance 
is on Court Street side of the building and opens at 3:00 p.m. for court sessions.  The Municipal Court Clerks? Office 
entrance is through the front revolving doors on Virginia Street, first door on the left, room 103.  Parking is 
available in the Shanklin Parking Building next to City Hall on Virginia Street.


Dockets are available online (Click Here)
The docket is called at the beginning of each session. Witnesses are released from subpoena if the defendant is not present at roll call. Defendants not on the docket or arriving after roll call will sign the late list. For identification purposes, please bring your Driver?s License or State issued Photo ID.

Court Appearance Date is found at the bottom on the front of the citation. Requests for continuance must be received by the court in writing 7 days in advance of the court date, good cause must be described. If a continuance is granted by the judge, a notice is sent stating the new court date.

With regard to requesting continuances for court proceedings for the reason of: 

Illness/ Injury

A doctor's excuse will be required to be presented with the written request for continuance (a faxed copy signed by doctor will be accepted).  If the defendant is hospitalized, the defendant should request the hospital to fax documentation to the court; the defendant must provide an excuse to the court upon release or 3 days before his/her next court date.


A copy of an obituary, death certificate, or an excuse from the funeral home with the defendant's name must be provided of proof of attendance to a funeral.  This documentation must be submitted with the written request for continuance (a faxed copy of the obituary will be accepted).

Fax Number 348-6894

Methods of Payment Accepted:

Certified check, cash, money order, or personal check (a copy of State Photo ID or Driver's License from the person writing the check should be enclosed). Bond must be paid in cash. Any check returned for insufficient funds must be redeemed in cash and will be subject to a processing fee.

For additional information or questions  please contact the Municipal Court via email to