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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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