In many instances, a resident's first contact with Virginia’s Judicial System comes through the Office of the Magistrate. A principal function of the magistrate is to provide an independent, unbiased review of complaints of criminal conduct brought to the office by law enforcement or the general public. Magistrate duties include issuing various types of processes such as arrest warrants, summonses, bonds, search warrants, subpoenas, and certain civil warrants. Magistrates also conduct bail hearings in instances in which an individual is arrested on a warrant charging him or her with a criminal offense. Magistrates provide services on an around-the-clock basis, conducting hearings in person or through the use of videoconferencing systems and are available at two locations in the county:
Fairfax Adult Detention Center
10520 Judicial Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Mount Vernon Governmental Center
2511 Parkers Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306
Learn more about Magistrates from the Supreme Court of Virginia.