NOTE: The General District Court will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.
Following consultation with the Fairfax County Department of Health and upon extensive study and discussion, the Fairfax County General District Court will open to a limited number of "non-emergency" cases beginning May 18, 2020. See the May 6, 2020 Order of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
The Court will be following Social Distancing guidelines. The number of individuals in each courtroom will be limited - court dockets will be "segmented" to reduce the number of people needed in a courtroom at one time. All visitors to the courthouse must remain at least 6 feet apart from one another, including in hallways, courtrooms, and counter/lobby areas. Markings have been made in courtrooms/lobby areas to facilitate this.
Masks or face coverings are REQUIRED to enter the Courthouse and will be required in all courtrooms of the General District Court. Please bring your own face covering or mask.
The Civil Trial docket will resume beginning May 18, 2020 and will be segmented into morning and afternoon dockets. Small Claims will again be heard on Fridays beginning May 22, 2020 and will be segmented into morning and afternoon dockets. The Civil Returns docket will be reinstated beginning May 27, 2020 and will be segmented into seven time slots over the course of the day. It is anticipated that segmented dockets in the Town of Vienna and Herndon will resume June 1st and June 3rd respectively with segmented dockets in Fairfax City set to resume on June 16, 2020. You may confirm the specific time of your case using the Online Case Information System.
You should not visit the courthouse if you are sick. Instead, contact the Clerk's Office using the information below to request a continuance. Currently, temperature checks are administered to all people entering the building, and people with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be turned away. If you are turned away, call the Clerk's Office using the phone numbers below to inform them of the situation.
At this juncture, continuance requests related to COVID-19 will be liberally granted. In addition, as the court tries to be flexible in these times, litigants and/or counsel may arrange to participate remotely by telephone. Procedures for remote participation by video are being established. In order to arrange such a hearing or to request a continuance of your case, please email the clerk at GDCMail@fairfaxcounty.gov or call the specific division at:
- Criminal Division: 703-246-3305
- Traffic Division: 703-246-2815
- Civil Division: 703-246-3012
You can learn more on our Policies page.
THE FOLLOWING DOCKETS WILL STILL BE HEARD:
- 8:30 AM Bond Motions
- 9:00 AM Bond Motions followed by Advisements
- 9:30 AM Emergency Motions
- 9:30 AM Information On Attorney Court
- 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM Arraignment Court
- 1:30 PM Protective Order Court
- Online Specialty Courts (Veterans' Treatment and Mental Health dockets)
THE FOLLOWING REGULAR COURT HEARINGS WILL BE HELD FOR INCARCERATED DEFENDANTS ONLY BEGINNING ON APRIL 13, TECHNOLOGY PERMITTING:
- 9:30 AM Criminal and Traffic Court
- 9:30 AM Supervised Release Violations Court w/ Mental Health Monitoring
- 9:45 AM Supervised Release Violations Court
- 2:00 PM Preliminary Hearing Court
- 2:00 PM Sentencing and Non-Comp Courts
For more information on our modified procedures during this time, please press the button below to visit our Coronavirus Policies page. The Policies Page, as well as this page, are the most up to date information concerning the Court's status. Please be aware that the court proceedings are subject to change, as such, please check this site frequently for the most up to date information.