Criminal and Traffic Forms
1. Appearance of Counsel.
This form is used to enter an attorney's appearance as counsel of record for a criminal or traffic case.
- Complete, print, and sign.
- Be sure to include your Bar ID and phone numbers.
- A copy to the prosecutor is optional, but recommended for DWI cases.
- Print a copy for your records. The Court will not supply copies without a copy charge.
2. Discovery Order.
This form is used to request information as allowed by law (See Rule 7C:5, Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia) prior to trial or preliminary hearing in the General District Court.
- Complete, print, sign, and obtain the prosecutor's signature for an agreed order.
- Discovery Orders that do not contain the prosecutor's signature, or are otherwise not by agreement, must be filed as a motion to be heard in court.
3. Bond Reduction Form.
This form is used to schedule a hearing at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 2G to request a bond reduction for a defendant currently incacerated. The form must be submitted to the appropriate Clerk's office, with copies to the appropriate prosecutor and Court Services Division (Room 203) prior to 3:00 p.m. on the business day before the requested hearing.
- Complete, print, and sign.
- List BOTH criminal and traffic charges and case numbers on the same form.
- Be sure to include your Bar I.D. and phone number.
- Copies must be distributed in person by 3:00 p.m. on the business day preceding the motion. Copies go to the Court, the prosecutor (Commonwealth Attorney or appropriate Town Attorney), and to the Court Services Division in room 203 of the Courthouse.
- If BOTH criminal and traffic charges are listed, please provide original copies of this form to each division.
- Do not submit copies by email. Delivery by courier is acceptable if time deadlines are met and copies are distributed to all appropriate divisions and offices as listed under Distribution.
- Bond motions for Fairfax City must be filled at the City General District Court, even though they will be heard at the Fairfax Courthouse.
4. Continuance Request.
This form is used to request a continuance of a criminal or traffic case.
- Complete, print, sign, and submit the continuance request form to the Clerk's Office in accordance with the Court's criminal case continuance policy (See Administrative Procedures of the Fairfax County General District Court, Section 3:18).
- Criminal continuance requests may not be sent by email.
- All requests should be directed to the Criminal Division in Room 204, even those that will be forwarded by the clerks for a judge's review in Chambers.
- Only continuance requests for Traffic cases may be submitted through firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All requests should be directed to the Traffic Division in Room 106, even those that will be forwarded by the clerks for a judge's review in Chambers.
- Do not submit requests on the same day as your court date. If you cannot come to court, please call (703) 246-3764 as soon as possible.
- See below for procedures for requesting a continuance on the following types of traffic cases:
Traffic Infraction Cases
Traffic Misdemeanor Cases
Traffic Infraction Cases - speeding, fail to obey a highway sign, fail to maintain proper control, no registration or inspection sticker, etc. -
- First time continuance requests must be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. two business days prior to your court date. These requests will automatically be continued to the officer's next available court date.
- Second or subsequent continuance requests require a judge's approval and must be submitted by 3 p.m. at least two business days prior to your court date. [Note: These requests are not automatically approved and may be denied. Any request for a second or subsequent continuance may be filed as a motion and heard in open court, even if the request was previously denied through the mail.]
- If you require a date beyond the officer's next available court date, please contact the Court at (703) 246-3764 for future dates. This request will require a judge's approval and must be submitted at least two business days prior to your court date.
- To determine the officer's next court date on a traffic infraction, please call (703) 246-3764, select 2 for "Traffic Court" and then select 1 "To Pay a Traffic Fine using your touch tone phone or to get other information on a specific case or to obtain a continuance." You must have your Virginia Uniform Summons number (the number preprinted on your yellow copy of the summons) or your General District Court case number beginning with 059GT or GT. The automated phone system will offer you the next court date available for your case. You may accept continuance of your case to this new date through the automated phone system. Or, you may note the next available court date for the officer on the continuance form and indicate your acceptance of this date.
- You may submit your request without obtaining the officer's next court date and the Clerk's Office will confirm the date after receiving your continuance request.
- Continuance requests on traffic infraction cases involving an accident are handled the same as infractions above except you must note on the continuance form whether you intend to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty on your new court date.
- If there is no attorney of record on file with the Court, DWI cases can only be continued by filing a motion to be heard in court.
- Continuance requests for DWI cases with an attorney of record require the prosecutor's signature before submission. Agreed, first continuance requests are automatically continued to the officer's next court date. Other requests will be approved or denied by a judge in Chambers. All must be submitted by 3 p.m. at least two business days prior to your court date.
Traffic Misdemeanor Cases -
- Continuances on less serious traffic misdemeanors are handled the same as traffic infractions above.
- Continuance requests on certain more serious traffic misdemeanors are not automatically continued. If submitted by an attorney, continuance requests will be approved or denied by a judge in Chambers.
More serious traffic misdemeanors are:
- Driving on Suspended License, second charge
- Driving on Suspended when suspended for DWI
- Hit and Run
- Speeding to Elude
- Habitual Offender
- Reckless Driving for Speed over 90 m.p.h.
- If there is no attorney of record on file with the Court, more serious misdemeanor cases can only be continued by filing a motion to be heard in court.