August 4, 2021 - The following updated court mask policy is from Penney S. Azcarate, Chief Judge, Fairfax Circuit Court.
Effective immediately, masks will again be required for entry into the Fairfax County Judicial Complex. In addition, masks will be required in all public areas of the Courthouse. Presiding judges have the authority to allow individuals to remove masks within their respective courtrooms.
May 17, 2021 - Message to the Bar and Public as to the current mask and social distancing policy of the Courts from the Chief Judges of the Circuit Court, General District Court and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations General District Court.
Pursuant to CDC direction, the Governor has changed the mask requirements for most indoor settings.
This policy change does not, currently, change the Fairfax Judicial Center policy.
Visitors to the courthouse are often compelled to be at the courthouse in connection with a case or in response to a subpoena and are therefore not voluntarily in the courthouse.
The Courts will regularly review this policy for appropriate revision, as more of our community is given the opportunity to be vaccinated.
As of 1/27/21, all ceremonies are currently canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic. All licenses will be mailed directly from DMV. Please contact your local DMV or call 804-497-7100.
The following procedure will be effective Tuesday, October 13, 2020 when entering the Courthouse:
- All visitors, attorneys, officers, and employees, entering the Courthouse shall pass through the thermal imaging station for a temperature screening.
- Anyone with a registered temperature above 100.3 will receive a secondary screening with the handheld infrared thermometer. If the secondary reading is also above 100.3, the person will be denied entry to the courthouse.
- Allied Security personnel will make the appropriate log entries to correspond with anyone denied entry.
- If denied entry:
- Courthouse visitors will be given a form with further instructions and contact information for the three courts.
- Employees will be advised to contact their supervisor to make the appropriate notification.
Although Fairfax County buildings remain closed, the Courts are open and operating on a limited docket. The Court will begin adding additional cases to the docket in phases starting on July 6, 2020. Click here for more details on the Court's Transition Plan for Phase I.
Please be advised: Face coverings are required when entering the Courthouse per Chief Judge White. View his order here.
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.
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