In 1983, the Roanoke City Sheriff's Office also installed 3 walk-through metal detectors at the entrances to each level of the courtrooms. These walk-through detectors, supplemented by the hand held detectors, have prevented guns, knives and other dangerous weapons from entering the courtrooms.
Since 1983, we have added a 4th walk-through metal detector to screen people whose primary business was with the juvenile courts.
Despite the fact more judges have been added and our workload has increased considerably since moving into the present courthouse, we have still maintained the highest level of safety and security to all personnel using the Roanoke City Courthouse.
The Roanoke City Courthouse is located at 315 Church Avenue in downtown Roanoke. The current courthouse opened in January 1983, replacing a very antiquated building built in 1915.
When the courthouse was in the planning stages, the Sheriff's Office was involved in the designing of the various security aspects of the building. There is a large inmate holding area in the basement where inmates are kept until they are needed in court. The court holding area is connected to the jail by a secure hallway. This area is completely inaccessible to the public. The court holding area allows inmates to be transported by way of secure elevators to their particular court. Located behind each courtroom, there are temporary holding cells where inmates are kept when not in the courtroom. Because of these features, an inmate can be brought from the jail to court and back to jail without ever leaving a secure area.
One of the primary objectives of the Court Services Divisions is to serve all civil process papers in a timely manner. In the fiscal year 2019-2020, The Civil Process Servers served over 80,000 papers in the City of Roanoke that were issued by courts throughout the state, as well as out-of-state papers, and papers issued for service from citizens, businesses or firms. There are currently (6) Civil Process Servers working for the Sheriff's Office.
The Roanoke City Sheriff's Office Civil Division is open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Service fees for serving Civil Process are as follows:
Fees for serving Civil Process must be paid in advance by business check or cash to the Sheriff's Office or to the appropriate Court of jurisdiction. Return of service will be forward to the appropriate Court of jurisdiction or citizen, business or firm requesting the service.
To determine if an address is located in the City of Roanoke go to Roanoke City's GIS Mapping Site or call the Civil Department at 540-853-2721.