COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, has had a major impact throughout the country, and the Courts are no exception. In this difficult and frightening time, many people are not sure where to turn for information about their court date or case status. I wanted to provide a few resources to help you find information about your case.
Most states, Virginia included, have significantly reduced operations until the beginning of April. For example, Virginia has implemented a partial shutdown of the court system until April 6. Matters that are not deemed essential have largely been continued to later dates. These continuances are being done automatically for the most part, and will not have much of an impact upon the eventual resolution of the case, other than delaying it.
If you have a case in Virginia, you can search for your case information using the statewide search feature by entering your name on the following website:
This website is a good resource to track your case status and upcoming court dates. The courts will also be sending notices of the next court dates in the mail.
The disruptions caused by the Coronavirus may extend longer than currently expected. It will be important to contact your attorney before your court date to find out if there are any changes or impacts on your case from newly announced rules or delays.
Matters considered to be essential, such as bond motions (which are requests to release those held in jail before their trial date) and protective orders are still proceeding forward at this time. If you or a loved one needs assistance with a bond motion or protective order, or have concerns about a new or existing case, my firm is ready to assist and move quickly to protect you and your family. I am taking precautions to protect my health so that I can continue to serve my clients. Please feel free to reach out if you need assistance through the available contact methods on this website.