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Historical Chancery Records
Search the historical Virginia Chancery Records Index for most counties and independent cities by county or city, party name, case year, index number, and local file number. Images of case documents are available for some years in some counties and cities. Records range from the early 1700s to the mid 1900s.
Circuit Court Case Records
Search Virginia Circuit Court case records for most counties and independent cities by county or city, court division, party name, case number and hearing date.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Opinions
View official Virginia Attorney General opinions from 1996 to the present.
Self help, legal research, general information
Chesterfield and Colonial Heights Drug Court
View information about the drug court program in Chesterfield County and the City of Colonial Heights, which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with substance abuse problems.
Chesterfield County Commonwealth's Attorney Programs and Services
The Chesterfield County Commonwealth's Attorney offers a Victim/Witness Assistance Program to provide information and services to crime victims, and a Pretrial Services Program to help the courts determine whether offenders should be released on bond.
Chesterfield County Circuit Court Wills and Estate Administration
View information about wills, estates, and probate in Chesterfield County Circuit Court. Links to general information, scheduling, and forms are in the left column.
Chesterfield County Domestic and Sexual Violence Help
The Chesterfield Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center provides information and resources for victims, including a 24-hour hotline, lists of available resources and services, and information about protective orders.
Chesterfield County Circuit Court Civil Cases
View information about the types of civil cases heard in Chesterfield County Circuit Court, including divorce, wills and estates, guardianships, property disputes, adoptions, and name changes. Links to general information, forms, subpoena requests, and procedural guidelines are in the left column.
Legal Information and Resources
Legal information and resources are organized by topic, including consumer, debt, elder law, employment, family law, domestic and sexual violence, housing, criminal, education, health, immigration, benefits, tax, and veterans and military.
Definitions of Common Legal Terms
View a glossary of commonly used legal terms, organized alphabetically.
Search the Code of Virginia by keyword, or browse by table of contents or list of popular names of acts.
Guardianships and Conservatorships
View information and instructions for guardianships and conservatorships of incapacitated adults.
Court System and Legal Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about Virginia courts, pending cases, legal research, legal advice, forms, traffic cases, child custody and visitation, child support, divorce, name changes, wills, small claims, criminal records, judge and attorney misconduct, and more.
Child Support Services
The Virginia Department of Social Services Division of Child Support Enforcement offers information and services related to child support, including online case access and payments, local office contacts, and links to additional resources and forms. Answers to frequently asked questions include information about child custody and visitation, paternity, reviews of orders, and enforcement of orders.
Domestic Violence Help
The Virginia Department of Social Services offers a toll-free family violence and sexual assault hotline, information about domestic violence, advice for victims, and links to local social services departments.
Domestic Violence Information and Resources
The Virginia Office of the Attorney General offers information about domestic violence and protective orders, links to crisis programs by locality, links to additional state and national resources, and publications.
Senior Citizen Legal Information
View and download a handbook of legal information for senior citizens, from the Virginia State Bar.
View information about the Virginia magistrate system, which handles arrest and search warrants, subpoenas, bail, emergency custody or protective orders, and civil summonses.
Drug Treatment Courts
View information about Virginia adult, DUI, family, and juvenile Drug Treatment Courts, specialized court dockets which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with substance abuse problems. A directory of local programs is provided.
View a guide to probate procedures in Virginia Circuit Courts.
Administration of Estates Information
View a guide to the administration of estates in Virginia Circuit Courts.
Parent Education Seminars
View information about mandatory Parent Education Seminars for parties in cases involving child custody, visitation, or support. Links to lists of seminar providers are included.
Judicial Settlement Conferences
View information about the Judicial Settlement Program in Circuit Court, in which a neutral retired judge helps the parties resolve disputes informally in civil cases, without going to trial.
View the rules of Virginia courts.
Mediation Resources and Directories
View information about mediation, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial. Search directories of Alternative Dispute Resolution agencies and court-certified mediators.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources and Information
View information and resources for people facing foreclosure in Virginia, including state and national resources, local housing counseling agencies, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Law Library Directory
A directory of law libraries in Virginia, along with links to library websites, which may provide legal research materials and assistance.
Restoration of Rights
View information about requests for restoration of rights to vote, hold public office, and serve as a juror or notary after a felony conviction. Criteria, instructions and links to online and printable request forms are provided.
Circuit Court Information
View information about Virginia Circuit Court, including types of cases, legal counsel, juries, and procedures.
Legal Information Pamphlets
View online information, or order printed pamphlet versions, from the Virginia State Bar about legal topics including bankruptcy, children and divorce, attorney fee disputes, health care, immigration, minors and alcohol, intellectual property, working with a lawyer, and wills.
Crime Victims' Compensation
View information about the Virginia Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund, with links to local victim/witness assistance programs, online payments, instructions for filing, and forms.
View a directory of organizations that provide assistance to crime victims and witnesses, including state and non-profit agencies, and local programs in each county.
Elder Law Information
The Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys offers information about estate, special needs, and long-term care planning; estate and trust administration; guardianships and conservatorships;, and disability cases.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Virginia, including local housing counseling agencies, state programs and agencies, and a link to legal aid providers.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Find Legal Assistance
Search for organizations offering free legal and court-related services by location and legal issue, or view a directory of legal aid organizations in alphabetical order.
Attorney Discipline Records
The Virginia State Bar offers online access to records of disciplinary actions taken against attorneys since 1999. A search of the disciplinary opinions by attorney name, and a search for attorneys without malpractice insurance are also available; the link is at the bottom of the page.
Free Civil Legal Services
The Virginia State Bar lists contact information and links to organizations offering free civil legal assistance.
Virginia Lawyer Referral
The Virginia State Bar offers a statewide lawyer referral service by telephone, which includes an initial consultation with a lawyer for a nominal fee. Links to an informational video and answers to frequently asked questions are provided.
Judge Complaint Forms and Information
View information from the Virginia Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission about complaints against judges for misconduct or incapacity, including an online complaint form, procedural rules, and ethics opinions.
Attorney Complaint Forms and Information
View information from the Virginia State Bar about complaints against attorneys for misconduct, including an online or printable complaint form. Additional information about disputes over fees, ethics questions, and more lawyer issues are found at links in the left column.
The Virginia Office of the Attorney General offers information about various consumer scams and identity theft, a downloadable identity theft guide, a consumer protection hotline, instructions for filing a complaint, online and printable consumer complaint forms, and a searchable database of consumer complaints by company name.
The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission provides links to local Public Defender and Capital Defender offices, which provide legal representation for defendants facing possible incarceration who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
Search the directory of Virginia State Bar Association member lawyers in good standing by name and location.
Search the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys membership by name, practice area, and region; browse the directory by first letter of last name, or view the complete list in alphabetical order.
Elder Law Attorneys
Search a directory of Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys by name and location.
Search the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association directory by name, location, and area of practice.
Legal Help for Servicemembers
The Virginia Bar Association Veterans Issues Task Force provides free and low-cost legal assistance to servicemembers getting ready to deploy or returning from deployment. Request assistance by location, military status, and legal issue.
Free Legal Assistance
View a directory of free legal service providers in Virginia, from the Bar Association of the City of Richmond.
Forms and related information
View and download Virginia Circuit Court, General District Court, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court forms. Forms in Spanish and Vietnamese, judicial complaint, settlement conference, mediation, and parent education self-evaluation forms are also provided.
Forms and Information
View and download civil, expungement, family law, housing, and miscellaneous forms for use in all Virginia courts, from Legal Services of Northern Virginia. A General District Court practice guide and a divorce overview are also available.
Use an interactive online program from VALegalAid.org complete and print various forms for use in Virginia courts, including family law, landlord-tenant, identity theft, uncontested divorce, and debt collection.