General District Court

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

TTY 711

4110 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA, 22030

Susan Madsen,
Clerk of Court

Archives and Records Retention

Pursuant to §16.1-69.55 of the Code of Virginia, the Fairfax County General District Court currently retains case records for a period of ten years from the date of judgment or conviction. Some exceptions apply, as stated below.

Due to a limited amount of space, many General District Court case records are not available in the Fairfax County Courthouse. Instead, they are stored off-site at the Fairfax County Archives, which is located at 6800-A Industrial Road, Springfield, VA 22151.  To request a copy of a court record stored at Archives, you must first call the appropriate Clerk's Office to obtain the information needed to locate your case.

Case Retention Periods

The majority of cases are retained for ten years, but some exceptions apply.  For the complete list of code sections with longer retention periods, please see §16.1-69.55 of the Code of Virginia.

  • Criminal Cases
    • Cases are held for 10 years, except:
    • Cases involving violations of protective orders are held for 20 years.
    • Cases involving sexual offenses are held for 50 years.
  • Traffic Cases
    • Cases are held for 10 years.
  • Civil Cases
    • Cases are held for 10 years, except:
      • Cases that are dismissed or non-suited are held for 2 years.

Case Destruction

Cases are destroyed at the end of the period listed above.  Once destroyed, cases are removed from our electronic records as well as physically purged.

If you require a letter from the court explaining this, you can request one from the Clerk's Office.  If you require the letter to specifically mention a particular case, you must provide a certified background check showing the charge in question to the Clerk's Office.

Case Extension

If a civil judgment remains unsatisfied, it may be extended by docketing an abstract of the judgment in Circuit Court. This must be done within the ten year period from the date the judgment was entered in the General District Court.

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