Following consultation with the Fairfax County Department of Health and upon extensive study and discussion, the Fairfax County General District Court is open, with limited dockets. Please see the Orders for Judicial Emergency published by the Supreme Court of Virginia for more information.
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.
By order of the Chief Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court, masks or face coverings are REQUIRED to enter the Courthouse. Within General District Court areas of the Courthouse, use of a CDC approved face covering continues to be required. This includes courtrooms, public and private corridors, clerk's office and court service unit lobbies, and any other shared spaces. Within a courtroom, the presiding judge may authorize removal of a face covering to facilitate a proceeding. The Court will continue to review this policy for appropriate updates. Please bring your own face covering or mask.
You may confirm the specific time of your case using the Online Case Information System two weeks ahead of your scheduled court date. Because the Court's dockets are being scheduled throughout the day to minimize the number of people attending, it is of the utmost importance that you arrive on time for your scheduled hearing.
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 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 or video. For more information, read the Order for Temporary Procedure for Video or Telephone Hearings Due to COVID-19 Pandemic and visit the Remote Hearing Procedures page. To request a continuance of your case, please email the Clerk's Office at GDCMail@fairfaxcounty.gov or call the specific division at the numbers below.
If you have any questions about policies or procedures or need any other assistance, 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
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. You may confirm the specific time of your case using the Online Case Information System.
This page last updated May 24, 2021.