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J&DR District Court Policy Change

Monday, March 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Courtnie Norris
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POLICIES OF THE FAIRFAX COUNTY JUVENILE AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS DISTRICT COURT TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19)

 

Last week, in response to the recent outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (the "Court") consulted with local health officials to discuss the risks of court operations and ways to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Those professionals advised that normal court operations pose little risk because there is not yet evidence of "community spread" of the virus in this area.

 

Notwithstanding this advice, and based upon recent developments, the Court has enacted aggressive policies and procedures to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to reassure the community.

 

These policies and procedures are effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 16, 2020 and continue through at least May 10, 2020. Among other things, they provide that:

  1. The Court's non-case related events (including all operator license ceremonies, school court tours, and intern and volunteer programs) are suspended.
     
  2. All traffic hearings, and criminal trials and sentencing hearings for defendants not held in custody, are suspended.
     
  3. Criminal motions are limited to bond (including motions to modify or revoke bond), continuance, detention review, discovery (in cases in which the defendant is held in custody), and emergency motions only. 
     
  4. Except for show cause rule hearings for respondents held in custody (which shall be continued), all custody, visitation, and support status hearings and trials are suspended. Emergency motions, for cases in which relief is necessary to prevent imminent and substantial physical or psychological harm to a child, shall be heard as usual.
     
  5. Wednesday Motions dockets are suspended. Except as otherwise stated in the policies and procedures, the Clerk of Court shall continue all other pending motions to the scheduled trial date.

All attorneys appearing before the Court should read the most recent version of these policies and procedures, in full, here.

 

 


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