Fairfax County General District Court: More About Us


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Hours and Phone Numbers

The clerical offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Office phone hours are from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday

Civil Division:        703-246-3012

Criminal Division:   703-246-3305

Traffic Division:     703-246-3764 

Location

The Court's address is:

Fairfax County General District Court, 4110 Chain Bridge Road Fairfax, Virginia 22030

The Fairfax County Courthouse is located in the City of Fairfax near the tall Massey Building. This is just south of the intersection of Rt. 123 (Chain Bridge Road) and Rt. 236 (Main Street or Little River Turnpike).

Public parking is available in Garage B located on Page Avenue, between West Street and Judicial Drive, for a charge of $2.00 per hour with a $10.00 daily maximum. The garage utilizes a pay on foot system for faster exiting. Please remember to take your ticket with you and pay at the parking lobby kiosk before returning to your vehicle. Please allow plenty of time to find parking.

A small surface parking lot located in front of the Massey Building provides accessible parking spaces for those with a DMV permit or plates. Additional permit parking is available in Garage A, located directly behind the Massey Building, but you must ask security to admit you to this restricted lot.

On your day of court, plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your assigned court time. It can take awhile to get into the parking garage and may take 20 minutes or more to walk to the Courthouse from the garage and then you must pass through the security check point and metal detectors at the door of the Courthouse. Cell phones, even those with cameras, are now permited in the Courthouse.  However, they may not be used in the courtrooms and photography is prohibited throughout the Courthouse..

Map of the Courthouse and Public Safety Center

City and Town Courts

Fairfax County General District Court judges hear cases in three additional courthouses for the City of Fairfax and the Towns of Herndon and Vienna. Only traffic and criminal misdemeanors and infractions are heard at these courthouses; all civil cases are heard at the Fairfax County Courthouse. Felonies and misdemeanors charged under the State Code are heard at the Fairfax County Courthouse also. The City of Fairfax has its own court clerical office, while the Towns of Herndon and Vienna are staffed by clerks who travel from Fairfax only on days when court is scheduled.

City of Fairfax - 10455 Armstrong Street, Room 1, Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Phone: 703-385-7866, Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

Court: Tuesdays and Thursday only, 9:30 a.m.

Town of Herndon- 765 Lynn Street, Herndon, Virginia 22070

Phone: For Criminal case information, call 703-246-3305, for Traffic case information, call 703-246-3764.

Court: Wednesdays only, 9:30 a.m.

Town of Vienna- 127 Center Street, S., Vienna, Virginia 22180

Phone: For Criminal case information, call 703-246-3305, for Traffic case information, call 703-246-3764.

Court: Mondays only, 9:30 a.m.

Parking

Public Parking Garage Information:

  • Cost = $2 per hour (or any portion thereof) up to a maximum of $10 per day.
  • ATM machines are available inside the courthouse for those needing cash.
  • A credit/debit card system is available at the pay-on-foot stations (kiosks) on the ground floor and 4th floor level of the parking garage.
  • Must pay before returning to your vehicle by bringing your timed parking stub to a pay station located in the garage. There are no cashier booths at the exit gates, you must go to a pay station.
  • If you have lost your parking stub, you will be charged from the time the garage opens at 6:00 a.m.
  • Hours of operation: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
  • There is a manned attendant's booth on the ground floor only.
  • Jurors who have had their parking stubs validated must still see the attendant before returning to their car to exit.

Court Schedule

All trials at the district court level are heard by a judge. The cases to be heard each day are listed on electronic monitors near the clerk's office or courtrooms. (Civil, Criminal, Small Claims, Traffic) located on the first and second floor of the Courthouse. Cases are listed alphabetically by the defendant's and plaintiffs last name. The courtroom assignment is listed next to each name.

Civil

Regular and Contested Docket: 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, in Courtrooms 2A and 2B, respectively. All civil cases arising in Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Herndon, and Vienna are heard at the Fairfax County Courthouse.

Criminal

Prisoner Advisement Docket: 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, in Courtroom 2K. These advisements are conducted by video link and are open to the public.

Criminal Bond Motions: 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, in Courtroom 2G.

Motions Docket: 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, in Courtroom 2J.

Advisements for Defendants released on bond: 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, in Courtroom 2J.

Regular Criminal Docket: 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, in Courtroom 2K.

Preliminary Hearing Docket: 2 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, in various courtrooms.

Sentencing Docket: 2 p.m., third Thursday of each month in various courtrooms. (If third Thursday falls on a holiday, then fourth Thursday)

Small Claims

Regular and Contested Dockets: 9:30 a.m., Fridays only, in Courtroom 2G. (Additional dockets may be added as needed)

Traffic

Traffic Bond Motions: 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, in Courtroom 2G.

Regular Traffic Docket: 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, in Courtrooms 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, and 2H.

Sentencing/Non-Compliant Docket: 2 p.m., first and fourth Thursdays of each month in various courtrooms. (If scheduled Thursday falls on a holiday, then re-scheduled to next Thursday)


Judges

Hon. Penney S. Azcarate*
Hon. Michael J. Cassidy
Hon. Thomas E. Gallahue
Hon. Richard E. Gardiner
Hon. Lisa A. Mayne
Hon. Donald P. McDonough
Hon. William J. Minor, Jr.
Hon. Mitchell I. Mutnick
Hon. Ian M. O’Flaherty
Hon. Mark C. Simmons

* Denotes Chief Judge

Clerk

Eric Barr
Email: gdcmail@fairfaxcounty.gov

2014 Holidays for the General District Court

The Fairfax County General District Court will be closed during the following upcoming holidays in 2014:

Wednesday, January 1 - Holiday
Friday, January 17 - Lee/Jackson Day
Monday, January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, February 17 - George Washington Day
Monday, May 26 - Memorial Day
Friday, July 4 - Independence Day
Monday, September 1 - Labor Day
Monday, October 13 - Columbus Day
Tuesday, November 11 - Veteran's Day
Wednesday, November 26 - Close at Noon
Thursday - Friday November 27 - 28 - Thanksgiving Holiday
Wednesday, December 24 - Close at noon
Thursday and Friday, December 25 & 26 - Christmas Holiday
Wednesday, December 31 - Close at noon
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - New Year Holiday
Friday, January 2, 2015 - New Year Holiday

Note: The Court publishes a closing calendar, available at all Clerical Offices, that also lists dates when clerical offices are open, but no court sessions are scheduled. These closings may vary by division and are subject to change. Additionally, there is a separate calendar that lists dates available for scheduling Small Claims and Civil Foreclosures. During late December, additional unlawful detainer dates are often assigned and regular civil docket dates may be curtailed. Please check with the Civil and Small Claims Division to verify available dates before assigning return dates on new civil filings.


Inclement Weather Policy

The General District Court rarely closes due to inclement weather. Interested parties should listen to television and radio announcements to specifically state that the Fairfax County General District Court is closed. If it is announced that Fairfax County Government offices (not the schools) are closed, then the General District Court will be closed also. Court closings, upcoming holidays, and other changes and updates pertaining to the General District Court may also be obtained by calling the GDC Announcement Line at 703-246-2377.

Fax Policy

Facsimile machines are located in each of the Clerk's Offices in the General District Court, however, they are intended primarily for the Court's use in sending out items to various agencies. In the Traffic Division, the fax machine is in heavy use and may not be available to receive incoming mail. In the other divisions, the fax machines are not frequently monitored so items may not receive immediate attention. The Court prefers that correspondence and other items be sent by postal mail or dropped off at the counter in the proper division. Please call the individual Clerk's Office for permission before sending anything by fax. Documents which require an original signature should not be faxed to the Court.

Contact Us

Email us at gdcmail@fairfaxcounty.gov

Send us your message and we'll write you back. We can answer general questions about court procedures, prepayment amounts, fines owed, etc. If you have a specific request concerning a case that involves an action you need taken, please communicate via regular mail or call us.

If you email us, we will try to answer your message within 2 business days. Note: We will not resend responses or make application to anyone who blocks incoming messages or otherwise requires pre-approval for incoming email.

If you have a question about a specific case we will need the following information in your email:

Full Name (as it appears on your warrant or summons)

Case Number, Summons Number, or Warrant Number

Officer or Complainant Name

Charge

Law Section

Court Date

Driver's License Number(for traffic and criminal cases)

Daytime Phone Number(optional)

Any other information relevant to your question.


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