Clerk of Circuit Court

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The Rockingham County Circuit Court Clerk's Office is located on the first floor in the old courthouse in the middle of Court Square. Our address is 80 Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. The only public entrance is on the east side, where the handicap ramp is located. 

Security Checkpoint

Since April 2001, the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office has a security checkpoint at the main entrance for the courthouse. Weapons are prohibited from the building. Upon entry into the courthouse, each individual will be required to pass through a metal detector. Please alert deputies if you cannot pass through the metal detector for a medical reason.  All bags are subject to inspection by the deputies. Pockets will need to be emptied and belts will need to removed for inspection. 

Portable Electronics Policy

A portable electronic device includes, but is not limited to any phone, smart phone, cell phone, recording device, computer, laptop computer, electronic calendar, tablet, camera, transmitter, smartwatch or radio. All portable electronic devices and other devices are subject to security screening upon entry to the courthouse as the Sheriff may so require. 

All electronics are allowed only on the first floor in the Clerk's Office and need to be placed on silent and shall not make any noises within the courthouse. Using a portable device on the first floor for photographs, make audio or video recordings, or transmit live audio or video streaming is prohibited, except with prior authorization by the Clerk or a Judge of the Circuit Court. 

Portable electronic devices are prohibited in all other areas of the building, including the courtrooms, See full order for exceptions. No person except a duly sworn court reporter or a Court Security member acting in the performance of his or her duties shall use a portable electronic device or other device to take photographs, make audio or video recordings, or transmit live audio or video streaming in these areas, except with prior written or oral authorization by a Judge of the Circuit Court. 


Parking on Court Square is very limited. Please do not park in the Permit Parking spots designated on the North side of the Square. even if you are "only going to be a few minutes" as you may be asked to move your car when coming in the building or ticketed. There are two parking decks close by on Water Street and on Elizabeth Street along with a few other free lots nearby.  List of Downtown parking options from the City of Harrisonburg


Public restrooms are located on the second floor of the courthouse. 

Staff Directory

For contact information organized by division, please use our Staff Directory.

About the Clerk

Chaz W. Haywood serves as the Clerk of Court after having been sworn into office in 2008.


The Clerk of the Circuit Court in Virginia performs multiple duties that in many states are divided among several government offices.  The Code of Virginia lists over 800 responsibilities and duties for the Clerk, many of which are legally sophisticated and highly complex and vary greatly. More information about some of the duties can be found in detail here

The Rockingham County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office serves Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg. The Clerk’s Office is responsible for:Photo of Courthouse from West side taken by Branden Thompson

The office also maintains a genealogy room, which holds Minute Books and other items of interest dating back to 1778. 

Photo by Branden Thompson