General District Court

Fairfax County, Virginia



Open during regular business hours 8 A.M. to 4 P.M., Monday - Friday

703-246-3764 | TTY 711

4110 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA, 22030

Susan Madsen, Clerk of Court


There is a General District Court in each city and county in Virginia. The Fairfax County General District Court is the court that hears traffic violation cases, minor criminal cases known as misdemeanors, and civil cases such as landlord and tenant disputes, contract disputes, and personal injury actions. The General District Court does not conduct jury trials. All cases in this court are heard by a judge. Jury trials are held only in Circuit Court, as provided by the Constitution of Virginia.

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Christmas Holiday Closings

We are closed in observance of Christmas, please see the list below for court closings:

  • Thursday, December 22nd - Close at 12PM. Phones will close at 11:30AM.
  • Friday, December 23rd - All Day
  • Monday, December 26th - All Day

GDC COVID-19 Notice

Masks are optional to enter the Courthouse, to include public corridors. Mask requirements in courtrooms are at the discretion of the presiding Judge.

You should not visit the courthouse if you are sick, if you are under a quarantine order or recommendation, or if you are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. Instead, contact the Clerk's Office.

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Most cases are heard in the Fairfax County Courthouse.  Misdemeanors and traffic violations under local laws of the Town of Vienna, Town of Herndon, or City of Fairfax are heard in a courthouse inside of those jurisdictions.  Please see the Contacts page for more information about those courthouses.
Below are some frequently-addressed topics regarding doing business with our Court.  For more topics in each division of the Court, click on the other topics below for more information.
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