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Changes in GDC Schedule

Monday, March 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Courtnie Norris
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CHANGES IN GENERAL DISTRICT COURT SCHEDULE

In response to Governor Northam's prohibition of gatherings of large numbers of individuals, the Fairfax City and Fairfax County General District Courts- all divisions, including the Towns of Vienna and Herndon - will not be holding regular court hearings through April 17, 2020, EXCEPT FOR THE FOLLOWING:

  • 8:30 AM Bond Motions
  • 8:30 AM Video Advisements
  • 9:30 AM Motions Court
  • 9:30 AM Information On Attorney court
  • 9:30 and 10:30 AM Arraignment Courts
  • 10:45 AM Mental Health Specialty Docket
  • 1:30 PM Protective Order Court

The following regular court hearings will be held for incarcerated defendants only:

  • 9:30 AM Criminal and Traffic Court
  • 9:45 AM Supervised Released Violations Court
  • 2:00 PM Preliminary Hearing Court
  • 2:00 PM Sentencing and Non-Comp Courts

Court hearings in Fairfax County General District Court for the next 30 days will be continued by the clerk’s office as follows:

Civil Hearings:

·         All Monday – Thursday dockets will be continued out 4 weeks on the same day of the week

·         All Friday dockets will be continued out 4 weeks on a Friday court date

·         Long Trials scheduled within the next 30 days will be continued to another Long Trial court date

Please be aware of the following procedures in the clerk’s Civil office:

o   Emergency motions can be filed and will be heard daily in Civil Court. Emergency motions are those in which relief is necessary to prevent an imminent and substantial change in circumstances without court intervention, including but not limited to motions to stay evictions and garnishment exemptions.

o   No Writs of Eviction or Writs of Possession will be issued prior to April 20, 2020, subject to further order of the court as circumstances develop.

o   In following the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Order Declaring a Judicial Emergency in Response to Covid-19 and the directive for the courts to balance the health and safety needs of personnel, no new garnishment filings will be accepted by the clerk’s office until after April 6th, subject to further extension of this Order as circumstances develop.  All filed garnishments that have not yet been processed will not be processed until after April 6, 2020.

o   All Unlawful Detainer Summonses filed hereafter shall be scheduled for hearing no earlier than May 1, 2020, subject to further order of the court as circumstances develop. Private Process is encouraged.

o   All new cases other than Unlawful Detainers, including but not limited to Warrants in Debt, and Summons to Answer Interrogatories, shall be scheduled for hearing no earlier than May 27, 2020, subject to further order of the court as circumstances develop. Private process is encouraged.

 

o   Plaintiff’s Counsel should notify pro se defendants of new hearing dates for their continued cases.

 

o   Motions for an emergency exception to the above procedures may be filed.

Traffic Hearings:

·         Hearings will be continued to the officer’s next court date beginning with June 2020 court dates

o   Heavy filers will be continued to a Friday or other no-court date at least 60 days out

·         Blood Docket trials through end of April 2020 will be continued to Blood Docket dates beginning in May 2020

·         Non-Comp hearings will be continued 2 months out to the judges’ next Non-Comp dates

Please be aware of the following procedures in the clerk’s Traffic office:

o   Emergency and time sensitive motions can be filed and will be heard daily in Traffic Court.

o   Motions for emergency exceptions to the above procedures may be filed.

 

Criminal Hearings:

·         Hearings will be continued to the officer’s next court date beginning with June 2020 court dates

·         Preliminary hearings will be continued 60 days and beyond for defendants not in custody

·         All new felonies will be set no earlier than 60 days out

·         Sentencing hearings will be continued 2 months out to the judges’ next Sentencing dates

Please be aware of the following procedures in the clerk’s Criminal office:

o   Emergency and time sensitive motions can be filed and will be heard daily in Criminal Court.

o   Motions for emergency exceptions to the above procedures may be filed.

 

Through April 17th, hearings for incarcerated defendants on the Fairfax City, Town of Herndon and Town of Vienna dockets, and all motions, will be held in the Fairfax County courthouse, rather than in the City and Towns, at 9:30 am.

Clerk's Office staff will be available to answer questions and accept filings. It is encouraged to file electronically or telephonically where possible to keep the public safe.  Please email the Clerk's Office at GDCMail@fairfaxcounty.gov or call one of the numbers below:

Criminal Division: 703-246-3305

Traffic Division: 703-246-2815

Civil Division: 703-246-3012


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