Circuit Court

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8AM-4PM Monday-Friday

4110 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

John T. Frey,
Clerk of the Court

COVID-19 Updates from the Circuit Court

Alert:

Supreme Court of Virginia Twenty-Eighth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through October 13, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated September 20, 2021.


Supreme Court of Virginia Twenty-Seventh Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through September 22, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated August 25, 2021.


Supreme Court of Virginia Order Authorizing Temporary Provision of Pro Bono Legal Services by Foreign Attorneys as a Result of a Major Disaster Affecting the Justice System in the Commonwealth: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia authorizing Pro Bono legal services by foreign attorneys due to public health emergency of COVID-19 pandemic and resulting major disaster determination, dated August 11, 2021.


Supreme Court of Virginia Twenty-Sixth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through September 1, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated August 3, 2021.


Fairfax Circuit Court Third Amendment to Mandatory Face Covering Orders of May 18, 2020, June 10, 2021 and July 6, 2021: Third amended order of the Fairfax Circuit Court regarding face coverings in the Courthouse, dated August 4, 2021.


Fairfax Circuit Court Fourth Transition Plan: Fourth Transition Plan of the Fairfax Circuit Court, dated July 19, 2021.


Supreme Court of Virginia Twenty-Fifth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through August 11, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated July 7, 2021.


Fairfax Circuit Court Second Amendment to Mandatory Face Covering Orders of May 18, 2020 and June 10, 2021: Second amended order of the Fairfax Circuit Court regarding face coverings in the Courthouse, dated July 6, 2021.


Upcoming Special Term Days - Fairfax Circuit Court

Criminal Special Term Days
On July 15, Circuit Court will hold a special term day for incarcerated defendants awaiting jury trials. At this term day, trials can be moved up on the docket to available dates. On July 22, a special term day will be held for defendants on bond awaiting jury trials. Email notices will be sent to all parties.

Civil Special Term Day
On July 29, Circuit Court will hold a special term day for civil jury trials. If you wish to move up your trial date, please email the Court at ccrcivilterm@fairfaxcounty.gov and your case will be added to the docket. Cases will be placed on the docket with priority given to older cases.


Supreme Court of Virginia Twenty-Fourth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through July 21, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated June 29, 2021.


Amended Fairfax Circuit Court Plan for Resuming Jury Trials: The Virginia Supreme Court has approved the Amended Fairfax Circuit Court Plan for Resuming Jury Trials.


Supreme Court of Virginia Twenty-Third Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through July 11, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated June 15, 2021.


Fairfax Circuit Court Amendment to Mandatory Face Covering Order of May 18, 2020: Amended order of the Fairfax Circuit Court regarding face coverings in the Courthouse, dated June 10, 2021.


Circuit Court Announcement:
As part of our transition to normal operations and after consultation with the health department the following policy will be enacted on July 1:

Effective July 1, 2021, all civil trials and civil motions set Monday through Thursday in Circuit Court will be conducted in person. All COVID related precautions will be maintained to include the current mask policy, social distancing, and screening. Parties requesting virtual trials/hearings must contact calendar control for approval. Friday civil motion dockets will continue as virtual hearings for the time being.


Supreme Court of Virginia Twenty-Second Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through June 20, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated May 26, 2021.


May 21, 2021 - Message to the Bar and Public as to the current mask policy
Pursuant to CDC direction and after consultation with the Sheriff’s Office, the Fairfax Bar, and the County Health Department, the following interim mask policy will go into effect Monday May 24, 2021, in the Fairfax County Courthouse:

By order of the Chief Judge of Fairfax County Circuit Court, masks will be required to enter the courthouse. Once in the courtroom, judges have the authority to allow fully vaccinated individuals to remove their mask when seated or addressing the Court.

All other COVID safety measures will remain in effect.


Supreme Court of Virginia Amendment of Twenty-First Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia amending the Twenty-First Order Extending the Judicial Emergency, dated May 17, 2021. Please note that no decision has been made to change the Fairfax Judicial Center mask policy.


May 17, 2021 - Message to the Bar and Public as to the current mask and social distancing policy of the Courts from the Chief Judges of the Circuit Court, General District Court and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations General District Court.
Pursuant to CDC direction, the Governor has changed the mask requirements for most indoor settings.

This policy change does not, currently, change the Fairfax Judicial Center policy.

Visitors to the courthouse are often compelled to be at the courthouse in connection with a case or in response to a subpoena and are therefore not voluntarily in the courthouse.

The Courts will regularly review this policy for appropriate revision, as more of our community is given the opportunity to be vaccinated.


Supreme Court of Virginia Twenty-First Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through May 30, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated May 3, 2021.


Supreme Court of Virginia Twentieth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through May 9, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated April 12, 2021.


Supreme Court of Virginia Nineteenth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through April 18, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated March 15, 2021.


Supreme Court of Virginia Eighteenth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through March 28, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated March 2, 2021.


Supreme Court of Virginia Seventeenth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through March 7, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated February 8, 2021.


Fairfax Circuit Court Third Transition Plan: Third Transition Plan of the Fairfax Circuit Court, dated February 8, 2021.


Fairfax Circuit Court Plan for Resuming Civil Jury Trials: Plan for resuming civil jury trials in the Fairfax Circuit Court, dated January 22, 2021. "The Circuit Court Judges are pleased to advise that the Supreme Court has approved the addendum to our jury plan to allow for the commencement of civil jury trials, to be conducted in the old courthouse. The Court is working on the details for the implementation of the plan and further information about scheduling and logistics will be provided in the near future. Currently existing civil jury trial dates through 2021 will likely be removed from the trial calendar so that older cases can be given priority." -Chief Judge White


Supreme Court of Virginia Sixteenth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through February 14, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated January 19, 2021.


Supreme Court of Virginia Fifteenth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through January 24, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated December 18, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Fourteenth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through January 3, 2021 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated December 3, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Thirteenth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through December 13, 2020 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated November 9, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Twelfth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through November 22, 2020 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated October 19, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Eleventh Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through November 1, 2020 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated September 28, 2020.


Fairfax Circuit Court Procedure for Rescheduling Jury Trials Due to COVID-19: Procedure from the Fairfax Circuit Court for rescheduling cases and a list of available trial dates, dated September 23, 2020.


Updated Fairfax Circuit Court Procedure for Rescheduling Cases Removed from the Docket Due to COVID-19: Updated procedure from the Fairfax Circuit Court for rescheduling cases and a list of available trial dates, dated September 18, 2020. 


Fairfax Circuit Court Plan for Resuming Criminal Jury Trials: Plan for resuming criminal jury trials in the Fairfax Circuit Court, dated September 15, 2020.

Fairfax Circuit Court Message to Litigants About the Resumption of Jury Trials: Message to litigants about resuming jury trials in the Fairfax Circuit Court, dated September 17, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Second Clarification Order Concerning Tolling of Statutory Speedy Trial Deadlines During the Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Crisis: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia clarifying the tolling of statutory speedy trial deadlines during the judicial emergency, dated September 11, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Tenth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through October 11, 2020 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated September 4, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Ninth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through September 20, 2020 for all courts of the Commonwealth, dated August 20, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Amendment of Eighth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia amending its Eighth Order, dated August 7, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Eighth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through August 30, 2020 for all district and circuit courts, dated July 29, 2020.


Fairfax Circuit Court Second Transition Plan: Second Transition Plan of the Fairfax Circuit Court, dated July 15, 2020.

Fairfax Circuit Court Procedure for Rescheduling Cases Removed from the Docket Due to COVID-19: Procedure from the Fairfax Circuit Court for rescheduling cases and a list of available civil trial dates, dated July 15, 2020. 


Supreme Court of Virginia Seventh Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through August 9, 2020 for all district and circuit courts, dated July 8, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Sixth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through July 19, 2020 for all district and circuit courts, dated June 22, 2020.

Supreme Court of Virginia Second Amendment to Fifth Order Modifying and Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia amending its Fifth Order, dated June 22, 2020.


Fairfax Circuit Court Notice To The Criminal Bar & The Public As To Fairfax Circuit Court Sentencing Dockets: Notice from the Fairfax Circuit Court regarding sentencing dockets, dated June 9, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Amendment to Fifth Order Modifying and Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia amending its Fifth Order modifying and extending the judicial emergency through June 28, 2020 for all district and circuit courts, dated June 8, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Fifth Order Modifying and Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia modifying and extending the judicial emergency through June 28, 2020 for all district and circuit courts, dated June 1, 2020.


Fairfax Circuit Court First Transition Plan: First Transition Plan of the Fairfax Circuit Court, dated May 18, 2020.

Fairfax Circuit Court Order & Advisement: Order of the Fairfax Circuit Court regarding protocols for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court's Transition From Emergency Operations to Routine Operations during the COVID-19 Virginia judicial emergency, dated May 18, 2020.

Fairfax Circuit Court Mandatory Face Covering Order: Order of the Fairfax Circuit Court regarding face coverings in the Courthouse, dated May 18, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Amendment to Fourth Order Modifying and Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia amending its Fourth Order extending the judicial emergency through June 7, 2020 for all district and circuit courts, dated May 12, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Fourth Order Modifying and Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia modifying and extending the judicial emergency through June 7, 2020 for all district and circuit courts, dated May 6, 2020.


Supreme Court of Virginia Order Concerning Tolling of Statutory Speedy Trial Deadlines During the Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Crisis: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia clarifying the tolling of statutory speedy trial deadlines during the judicial emergency dated May 1, 2020.


Fairfax Circuit Court Order Regarding Courthouse Entry: Order of the Fairfax Circuit Court In Re: Public Notice of COVID-19 Related Courthouse-Entry Screening To Be Conducted During Declared Judicial Emergency dated April 24, 2020.


Fairfax Circuit Court Order Regarding Speedy Trial Docket: Order of the Fairfax Circuit Court regarding misdemeanor or felony cases set for trial during the period of the judicial emergency.

Supreme Court of Virginia Third Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through May 17, 2020 for all district and circuit courts.


Temporary Procedures for Felony Criminal Proceedings: Effective April 21, 2020, the Fairfax Circuit Court has established procedures for hearing additional criminal proceedings. Please read the Temporary Procedures for Felony Criminal Proceedings document for more details.


Land Records Counter Closed: Effective April 22, 2020, the Land Records counter will close. Exceptions are Judgments, Homestead Deeds, Easements, documents with plats and documents related to multiple jurisdictions. All other documents must be electronically filed. See the letter from the Clerk for more information.


Change in Bond and Arraignment Schedules: The three Fairfax Courts are aware of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Accordingly, the Arraignment & Bond schedules for the three Courts have been updated as outlined on the Courts Weather/Operating Status page and will go into effect Wednesday, April 1, 2020.


Temporary Procedure to Request Waiver of Oral Argument for Motions: The Circuit Court has established Procedures to allow the submission of motions to the Circuit Court, to be ruled on without oral argument or a court appearance. Please see the Circuit Court's Temporary Procedure for more information.


Supreme Court of Virginia Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency: Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia extending the judicial emergency through April 26, 2020 for all district and circuit courts.


Consistent with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia’s order Declaring a Judicial Emergency, and the Circuit Court of Fairfax County’s Pandemic Policy Procedures the following are the Circuit Court’s revised procedures effective March 17, 2020 until further notice or revision:

Fairfax Circuit Court COVID-19 Procedures

As a precaution, the Court recommends that you not come to the Courthouse, unless circumstances require you to do so.

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