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Apr 11

Circuit Court Announces Free Index Search of Land Records

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 2:25 PM by Barrett Chappell

Over the past 2 years the Dinwiddie Circuit Clerk, J. Barrett Chappell, Jr. has worked with the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Department of Judicial Information Technology to develop a program that will allow citizens to access the index information of Dinwiddie Circuit Court Land Records at no cost. Currently access to the Dinwiddie’s Land Records is available to subscribers at a fee pursuant to Code of Virginia 17.1-276. Dinwiddie is the first Clerk’s Office in the Commonwealth that offers this service through the Supreme Court’s online application and one of a handful of Clerk’s Offices statewide that offer a similar service. 

This service allows any citizen to sign up for an account online and search the index information for any Land Record dating back to 1970 at no cost. After searching the index a citizen may purchase any document within the application and the Clerk’s Office will email it within one business day.

J. Barrett Chappell, Clerk of the Circuit Court stated, “It has been my vision to use technology to provide citizens greater access to records.  This project will enhance the level of customer service available to citizens and businesses through my office by allowing for more efficient research of deeds and/or plats.”

According to Mr. Chappell, the next project the Clerk’s Office has planned is to integrate every plat that is on record in the Clerk’s Office into the Commissioner of Revenue’s property cards. This will allow citizens to easily view their plat remotely from anywhere with an internet connection.

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Aug 12

Courtroom recordings integrated into electronic case files

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 9:45 AM by Barrett Chappell

Dinwiddie Circuit Court has completed the integration of its courtroom recordings into their electronic case files. The Dinwiddie Circuit Court will be one of the first courts to integrate the courtroom recordings into the court's case file. Every case that has a hearing before the court will now have an audio/video recording in the case file for review by court officials online and available to the public in the clerk's office. Our office continues to lead the state in using new technology to provide the best service and access to its citizens.

J. Barrett Chappell, Jr.
Dinwiddie Circuit Court Clerk
Nov 18

Clerk Receives informal Attorney General's Opinion about Land Record Indices

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 5:04 PM by Barrett Chappell

The Dinwiddie Circuit Court Clerk's Office is pleased to announce it has received a favorable informal Attorney General's Opinion in regards to posting Land Record Indices online without Secure Remote Access requirements or fees. Over the next year the Clerk will collaborate with the Supreme Court of Virginia to develop an application that will allow citizens to search Dinwiddie's Land Record Indices and Index information online without submitting an application or paying a fee. The images will be available for purchase on a per document basis instead of paying a monthly fee. This application will also be used in the Dinwiddie Circuit Court's and Commissioner of Revenue's integration project. The goal for the Clerk and Commissioner, Lori Stevens, is to create easier access for the citizens to their records.

J. Barrett Chappell, Jr.
Dinwiddie Circuit Court Clerk

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