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Magistrate’s office moving to Spotsylvania courthouse area

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The magistrate’s office on Lafayette Boulevard at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County line will permanently close Monday and move to the Spotsylvania courthouse area.

The new office will be at 9102 Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania, a county-owned building that was formerly used as a library and visitor center.

The new magistrate’s office had once been scheduled to go on a parcel of land that Lafayette Crossing developer Lee Garrison proffered to Spotsylvania during the rezoning process for the mixed-use development off Lafayette Boulevard.

Spotsylvania spokeswoman Kathy Smith said the county decided to renovate the formerly vacant Courthouse Road building rather than pursue a more costly new building at Lafayette Crossing. Smith said the parcel that Garrison proffered is still available to the county for future use.

Fredericksburg Police Department spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe wrote Thursday that her department has implemented video conferencing capability with the new magistrate’s office so officers can conduct bond hearings from the booking area at the city’s police headquarters.

If the circumstances of an arrest are not favorable for video conferencing, Bledsoe wrote, officers will transport detainees directly to the Rappahannock Regional Jail and use the magistrate at that facility.

Citizens who want to obtain their own warrants can go to the new magistrate’s office starting Monday, Bledsoe wrote.