Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

Fairfax County, Virginia



Clerk's Office Hours of Operation: 8am-4:00pm M-F

703-246-3367 | TTY 711

4110 Chain Bridge Road, 3rd floor
Fairfax, VA 22030

Kristi Smith, Clerk of Court

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The Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDRDC) hears cases involving juveniles, crimes against juveniles, and family matters (except divorce) in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the towns of Herndon, Vienna, and Clifton. Juvenile Courtrooms are located on the 3rd floor of the Fairfax Courthouse.

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Court Status - Coronavirus

Effective February 27, 2022, per Chief Judge Penney Azcarate, masks will be optional to enter the Courthouse to include the public and employee corridors.  Mask requirements in the courtroom are at the discretion of the presiding Judge.

Hearings are In Person

Effective January 3, 2022, all hearings before this court are being held in person, except: (1) arraignments; (2) bond motions; (3) hearings where a detained adult/juvenile is on quarantine status, including detention hearings; (4) Calendar Control hearings; and (5) hearings that a judge has expressly ordered will be held virtually.

Effective February 7, 2022, the court is no longer accepting electronic filings. All filings must be delivered to the Clerk’s Office in hardcopy, in accordance with Virginia law.

Juvenile and Adult Advisement Hearings.  If an attorney enters their appearance by filing a praecipe or notice with the Clerk’s Office before their client’s advisement date, neither attorney nor client must appear at the Advisement Hearing. Upon the attorney’s entering their appearance, the Clerk will remove the matter from the advisement docket. No trial summons will issue for the defendant or defense counsel; it is the responsibility of defense counsel to ascertain the trial date/time and ensure the appearance of both the defendant and attorney. Failure to appear for trial may result in the issuance of a show cause rule or capias for the client and/or attorney, as applicable.

Traffic Cases

All traffic matters have been continued and shall be heard at a later date. The Clerk of Court shall issue a notice and summons to all parties when the matters are set for trial. Any notice or summons issued by the Clerk of Court for traffic matters prior to July 1, 2020 can be disregarded. 

All petitions regarding Child in Need of Supervision of Child in Need of Services (CHINS) have been continued. The Clerk of Court shall issue a notice and summons to all parties when the matters are set for trial. Any notice or summons issued by the Clerk of Court for a CHINS matter prior to July 1, 2020 can be disregarded.

Below are some frequently addressed topics about our Court.  For more information about each division of the Court, click on the name of the department on the left side navigation menu to go to their homepage. 

You can view our Family Guide to Juvenile Justice | (Spanish) for an introduction to the juvenile court process in Fairfax or watch a video about our services below.

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About the Health & Human Services System

This agency is a part of the Fairfax County Health & Human Services System (HHS). The HHS System is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work, and play in Fairfax County.


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