Civil Division

Fairfax County, Virginia


The Civil Division handles civil lawsuits, landlord/tenant suits and evictions, and small claims cases.

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Monday-Friday, 8 A.M. - 4 P.M. (Phones close at 3:30 P.M.)

4110 Chain Bridge Road, Room 211
Fairfax, VA 22030
Laura Litz,
Division Manager

The General District Court decides civil suits involving amounts of money up to $25,000. However, unlawful detainer (eviction) suits that include a request for rent for commercial or agricultural property can be heard by the general district court even if the amount of rent requested is more than $25,000.

A suit is begun by filing a civil warrant, summons, or complaint with the clerk of the court and paying a filing fee.

Small claims cases are civil cases in which the plaintiff is seeking a money judgment up to $5,000 or recovery of personal property valued up to $5,000.  If a case is filed as a small claims case, the judge conducts the trial in an informal manner, with less restrictions on certain procedural matters, in order to better provide justice to both sides.

Civil Division News & Updates

The Fairfax County General District Court is actively reviewing options to efficiently utilize the available resources.  Starting August 15th, on a trial basis, we will not schedule civil trials on We...