General District Court

CONTACT INFORMATION: 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

What We Do

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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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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