Fairfax County General District Court: Court Appointed Attorney Services


Court Appointed Attorney Services

In all felony cases, and in Class I and Class II misdemeanor cases, the courtroom judge will inform the defendant of his right to counsel and ask if the defendant plans to hire counsel or requests a court appointed attorney.

If any defendant desires court appointed counsel, he shall immediately be interviewed by Court Services personnel in Room 203 to determine if he qualifies for the same.  In Fairfax City, the Town of Vienna, and the Town of Herndon, an available clerk will conduct the interview.  Following the interview, the case will be called again in the courtroom and the judge will either approve or deny the request based on whether or not the defendant qualifies.  If the defendant qualifies, counsel shall be appointed and the defendant so informed. If the defendant does not qualify, he shall be permitted the right to retain counsel or may sign a waiver to proceed without an attorney. 

The Court Services Division is responsible for assigning court appointed cases to either the Public Defender or private attorneys.  The Division maintains a list of attorneys who are qualified with the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission and have indicated their willingness to serve as court appointed counsel in Fairfax.  For further information, contact Court Services at 703-246-7530.

Prior to the court date, any defendant desiring court appointed counsel may be interviewed by Court Services personnel in Room 203 at least ten business days prior to trial, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday.


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