General District Court

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

Eric Barr,
Clerk of Court

General District Court COVID-19 Policies

This page contains details regarding the General District Court's announcement regarding changes to the docket due to the COVID-19 emergency.  If you haven't already, please read the announcement for more details.

This page, the above Announcement page, and the below division-specific Policy Pages, 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.

The Clerk's Office staff will be available to answer questions and accept filings via the following methods:

  • The Clerk's Office is operating limited counter windows at the Criminal, Traffic, and Civil Division offices from 8AM to 4PM.
  • A locked drop box will be available for filings that are dropped off in lieu of emailing or mailing. If you require a stamped copy of your filing, please provide both an extra copy of the filing as well as a self-addressed stamped envelope and the copy will be mailed to you.
    • Regularly used forms will be available on the website and in the lobby. If you would like a form emailed to you, please send your request to the email address below.
  • Email is available at GDCMail@fairfaxcounty.gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Email will be answered during the hours of 8AM-4PM, Monday-Friday.
    • During this time, the clerk's office is flexible with regard to what will be accepted via email - for more information, see the Revised Electronic Filing Procedures section below.
    • The Court recommends that any communication that contains personal information be encrypted if sent via email.
  • Phones will be answered by court staff between the hours of 8AM to 3:30PM, Monday-Friday.
    • Criminal Division: 703-246-3305
    • Traffic Division: 703-246-2815
    • Civil Division: 703-246-3012

For the most up to date remote hearing procedure, please visit the Remote Hearing page.

All parties shall be ready to proceed at the time the matter is scheduled to be heard. All pretrial tasks (including, without limitation, providing discovery, negotiation of plea agreements and recommendations, meeting with defendants, interviewing and preparing witnesses and executing agreed orders) shall be completed in advance of the scheduled hearing.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the jail, the Court prefers and has been working to enable incarcerated defendants to appear remotely for continuance motions, pleas, and waivers of preliminary hearing. The plan calls for Defendants to be brought to the courtroom only for trials and preliminary hearings unless circumstances warrant otherwise.

If the case has been resolved, a plea agreement or Waiver of Preliminary Hearing may be entered with the Defendant appearing remotely by video. Prior to the hearing, defense counsel will have obtained the defendant's original signatures on the Agreed Order to Conduct Video Hearing. Blank copies of this form order are available in the Personal Visiting section of the Adult Detention Center where professional visits now occur. The attorney shall have the Agreed Order and related forms signed prior to the hearing date. In lieu of a jail visit, counsel may contact Casey Lingan in the Sheriff's Office for an alternative mechanism for getting the defendant's endorsement of the order.

Should a change in circumstance at the hearing necessitate counsel conveying a last minute offer to an incarcerated defendant, dedicated phone lines have been prioritized for that purpose. If counsel needs to contact their client in the Adult Detention Center between court hours of 8AM-4PM regarding a plea or other matter related to a same-day court hearing, they should call 703-246-3598 (Post 18 - main lobby visiting/information desk) and a Sheriff's office staff member will facilitate communication between the attorney and client. Phone calls for plea deals and same-day court-related matters will take precedence over routine attorney-client calls during this time.

For any hearing in which the defendant will appear by video - waiver of preliminary hearing or Plea hearing - the parties must execute the Agreed Order to Conduct Video Hearing. Original signatures are required. The Court deems it a best practice that counsel anticipate such a change in circumstance during the public health emergency and obtain the defendant's original signature on the Agreed Order to Conduct Video Hearing in advance of the trial or preliminary hearing date.

The Trial Advisement And Plea form and Waiver of Preliminary Hearing form are not available at the ADC. Both forms are available to the defendant in the video room of the ADC. During the hearing, the judge will review the forms with the defendant and obtain the defendant's signature on those forms which will later be paired with the copy signed by the Commonwealth and defense counsel. Alternatively, technology permitting, copies of the completed plea or waiver forms will be scanned and faxed/emailed to the ADC to obtain the Defendant's original signature.

Outside of court hours 8AM-4PM, counsel should call 703-246-2100 (Post 10) to speak with their client.

(Last updated 7-28-2020)

The General District Court has altered its procedures for its bond motion and advisement dockets.

Bond Motions

Bond Motions will precede Advisements. Bond Motions will be heard beginning at 8:30 AM. 

Due to the jail's restrictions on prisoner movement, it is anticipated that defense counsel will waive their client's appearance for bond motions. If a defendant's appearance at a bond motion is not waived, the bond motion shall explicitly state that; otherwise, the defendant's appearance will be deemed waived and the bond motion will proceed.

All bond motions must be filed by 3:00 PM with the clerk's office the day prior. 

Advisements

The Commonwealth Attorney and Court Services Personnel will review the list of defendants for the 8:30 Advisements docket each morning.

The bonds for those defendants they agree can be released will be updated by the judge at the end of the bond motions dockets.

The remaining defendants (for whom there was no agreement for release) will be advised by the judge via video in the jail immediately following the bond motions docket.

(Last Updated 7-28-2020)

For traffic infractions and certain misdemeanors, the General District Court will accept plea agreements on the Trial Advisement and Plea in Absence Form. This form is ONLY for submission of agreed dispositions. The court will not consider any recommendations that call for:

  • Subsequent processing such as fingerprinting or DNA samples after conviction or because those processes were not accomplished at the time of arrest
  • Any jail sentence, actual, delayed or suspended
  • Probation or Community Service
  • Restitution Orders

The completed Trial Advisement and Plea in Absence Form must be submitted with a copy of the Warrant or Summons being disposed of and must be signed by the Attorney, Defendant and Prosecutor along with legible printings of their names on the form. Waivers will not be accepted in lieu of signatures on the Trial Advisement and Plea in Absence Form.

These documents may be submitted to the Clerk's Office electronically via GDCMail@fairfaxcounty.gov, by mail, or dropped in a secure drop box in one of the GDC division lobbies.

The Trial Advisement and Plea in Absence Form is provided in a Portable Document Format (PDF) so that it may be printed, completed, and submitted on WHITE PAPER. Any alterations of the court provided PDF will result in rejection of the plea tender.

(Last Updated 7-28-2020)

The Towns of Vienna and Herndon resumed on June 1 and June 3, respectively, with segmented dockets. Fairfax City resumed on June 16, 2020. All parties will receive written notice of their new court dates and times as they are set.

You can keep checking your case information using the Online Case Information System.

(Last Updated 7-28-2020)

Only necessary persons (e.g. parties, their counsel, and witnesses) and members of the press shall be permitted in courtrooms during hearings.

(Last Updated 7-28-2020)

Per the most recent Supreme Court of Virginia's Order Declaring a Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19, "[t]he tolling period... for such statutes of limitations and deadlines shall be limited to March 16, 2020 through July 19, 2020." Beginning July 20, 2020, there shall be no further tolling of deadlines.

(Last Updated 7-17-2020)

Until further notice, the following documents can be filed electronically. Existing procedures for filing electronically are modified during this time period only.

If you want to file something electronically that is not on the list below, please call the division directly.

  • Civil Division
    • Notices of Appearance
    • Notices of Satisfaction
    • Requests for Dismissal or Continuance
    • Abstract Requests
    • Copy Requests
    • Answer and Grounds of Defense - 10 pages or less only
    • Bill of Particulars - 10 pages or less only
    • Motions
    • Agreed Orders
  • Traffic Division
    • Notices of Appearance (Please use EZSubmit if possible)
    • Motions
    • Continuance Requests
    • Copy Requests
    • Agreed Discovery Orders
    • Requests for Witness Subpoena
    • Agreed Orders
  • Criminal Division
    • Notices of Appearance (Please use EZSubmit if possible)
    • Motions
    • Continuance Requests
    • Copy Requests
    • Requests for Witness Subpoenas
    • Agreed Discovery Orders
    • Proof of Community Service/Compliance with Court-Ordered Programs
    • Agreed Orders

(Last Updated 6-17-2020)

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