Fairfax Traffic Court Uses Technology to Battle High Volume and Courthouse Congestion


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

March 3 , 2005


Fairfax Traffic Court Uses Technology
to Battle High Volume and Courthouse Congestion

The General District Court recently installed a docket display system, which scrolls on monitors like those used in airports, to help people find their way to the correct traffic courtroom.

With average traffic dockets of over 1,000 cases a day, Fairfax Traffic Court has the highest volume of any court in Virginia. Congestion caused by construction and long lines often makes finding the right courtroom at the right time difficult. The court is hoping that the easy-to-read monitors will help defendants find their courtroom assignment more conveniently.

The traffic docket listing of cases is divided evenly between six monitors that scroll through a different portion of the docket in alphabetical order by defendants' last names. Beside each name is the courtroom assignment and case number.

Courtroom assignments and case information are also available on the Supreme Court's Web site, www.courts.state.va.us, where you can look up cases for any district court in Virginia by selecting the specific court from a drop-down menu and entering the defendant's name or case number. Courtroom assignments are rarely updated until the day before court, but other case information is usually available several weeks before the court date. One feature of the Web site is the ability to pay for traffic tickets online with a credit card to avoid coming to court.

To listen to a recording of prepayable traffic fine amounts in Fairfax, call 703-246-2364, TTY 711. For more information contact the traffic division of the general district court at 703-246-3764, TTY 703-934-1296.

 

 

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