Public parking is available in Garage B on Page Ave, between West Street and Judicial Drive, for a charge of $2.50 per hour with a $10.00 daily maximum. ACCESSIBLE PARKING, with proper DMV permit, is available on the complex’s SURFACE LOTS. Overflow accessible parking is available in Garage B, floors 1-4. There is an elevated walkway from the 4th floor. Additional accessible parking is available in Garage A, behind the Massey Building, but security must admit you to this restricted lot.
Maximum height in the parking garage is 7' 2". Very tall and\or commercial vehicles that exceed 7' 2" will need to make other parking arrangements. Follow the public Parking signs on the streets around the court.
Arrive at least 30 minutes early to allow time to find a parking space and walk to the courthouse.
Parking in lots marked with blue "Decal Only Parking" signs or other reserved lots Monday-Friday between 8 am & 4 pm will result in a $25.00 fine and possible towing.
Anyone entering the courthouse is subject to security screening. Additional information is available from the Sheriff's Office.
Portable electronic devices are allowed inside the Fairfax Courthouse, subject to regulations, and may be used only in common areas.
Even approved devices may not be used in courtrooms for any purpose, unless expressly authorized by the presiding judge.
Photography, video & audio recording, and/or other audio or video transmission from inside the courthouse is strictly prohibited without written permission of the court.
Inclement weather, emergencies or changes in the Court's operation
The court rarely closes unless the weather is extremely hazardous or if emergencies arise that impact normal court operation. When that occurs, local radio and television stations will be notified and requested to announce the closing. Important announcements are also posted on the County of Fairfax Web Page.
You may contact 703-246-SNOW (7669) for detailed closing information.
We follow the closings for the Fairfax County Courthouse, Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court, or Fairfax County Government, not the Public Schools.
The Courthouse Cafeteria is located on the lowest level of the courthouse.
The JDRDC complies with the non-discrimination requirements contained in various federal laws. It is the policy of JDRDC Services to comply with all aspects of the goals and objectives of the Fairfax County Diversity Plan and One Fairfax Initiative. This policy statement affirms our intention to ensure non-discrimination in all employment and client service delivery. The practices for all clients, employees, and applicants is fair and respectful treatment regardless of race, color, creed, religion, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, political affiliation, marital status, genetic information, or union, affiliation, and to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Special accommodations when necessary and reasonably available.
What you need to know about your court appearances
If you receive a summons or notice to appear in the Fairfax JDRDC, you need to know that the scheduled time of your appearance is on your summons. You must appear on time. If you do not appear on time, the Judge could issue a Rule or a warrant for your arrest for failing to appear.
Allow for extra travel time when coming to the Courthouse. Traffic in Northern Virginia is often heavy whether it is rush hour or not. If you are taking public transportation, allow extra time because buses do not run frequently. You also need time to park and walk to the Courthouse.
Although your case is scheduled for a specific time, you may be at the Courthouse for several hours. Several cases are docketed for the same time and, because many people can be involved in a case, it may take a while for that case to be ready to be presented to the Judge. Sometimes cases go to trial and other cases get delayed. Be prepared with something to occupy your time.
Dress appropriately--as if you were going to a job interview. You will be appearing before a judge in a courthouse. Dressing neatly shows respect for the Court.
If you are coming to court for a criminal charge, you need to attend the Advisement Hearing so that, if necessary, an attorney may be appointed. You will have one assigned for your scheduled court date. If you are coming to court for a civil case, it is your responsibility to hire an attorney prior to your court appearance. Attorneys should be hired enough in advance of your court date so that he or she has time to prepare your case.
If you are noticed to appear in court and you are unable to appear, you need to file a Motion for a Continuance. That can be done by going to the JDRDC Pre-Court Window on the third floor of the Fairfax Courthouse; the clerks will explain the process and help you fill out the appropriate forms. Only a judge can grant a continuance in a case. If you have an emergency the day of your court appearance and can not appear, you need to call 703-246-3367, immediately and let the court know. Emergencies must be very serious in order for a judge to excuse your absence that day.
If you have been subpoenaed to court as a witness, you must appear.
If the victim of the offense is a family member such as a sister or brother, they must appear in court with you. A case cannot go forward unless the victims are here.
If you need an interpreter because you do not understand or speak English well, you can call 703-246-3367 for more information. The court has Spanish interpreters at all time; interpreters for other languages must be assigned for your specific court date.
If you need special accommodations because of physical challenges, you can call 703-246-3367 or 711 (TTY) to make arrangements.
If you have children, try to get a babysitter and leave them at home. If you must bring them to court, bring diapers, bottles, food, and toys with which they can play quietly. There is very little space for children to run around in, and you may be here for several hours.