Circuit Court

Fairfax County, Virginia

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4110 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

John T. Frey,
Clerk of the Court

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Criminal Term Day

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Overview

Grand Jury meets the 3rd Monday of every odd-numbered month (January, March, May, July, September and November) and Criminal Term Day shall commence at 9:00 a.m. on each Thursday immediately following the regular Grand Jury. Interim Grand Jury meets the 3rd Monday of every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October and December) and an Interim Criminal Term Day shall be held commencing at 9:00 a.m. on each Thursday immediately following any Interim Grand Jury.

Exceptions:

  1. Should Grand Jury or Interim Grand Jury fall on a state holiday, it will commence the next business day and Term Day will follow on the next day after Grand Jury.
  2. In the event that Grand Jury falls during a mandatory judicial conference (usually in May), please contact the Clerk's Office for actual Grand Jury and Term Day dates.

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Procedures

It is imperative that all defendants on bond and their attorneys appear for Term Day. The purpose of Term Day is to set Circuit Court trial dates and to set them within the term of court and not beyond.

Bench warrants will be issued for those defendants who fail to appear on Term Day. Individuals incarcerated for charges pending at Grand Jury, and who already have a trial date scheduled, will not appear for Term Day. If it is necessary to set a trial date for a person incarcerated, the Clerk's Office will notify the Sheriff's Office so the defendant will be brought to the Term Day proceeding.

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