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General District Court Case Records
Search Virginia General District Court case records for most counties and independent cities by court and case type, then by party name and case status, case number, hearing date, or process service name.
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Attorney General Opinions
View official Virginia Attorney General opinions from 1996 to the present.
Self help, legal research, general information
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.
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.
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 information about small claims procedures in Virginia General District Courts, including monetary limit, how to file, service of process, trial, and collecting a judgment.
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.
General District Court Information
View information about Virginia General District Court, including types of cases, civil and criminal procedure, legal advice, and your rights in court.
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.
General District Court Manuals and Resources
Download a manual explaining procedure in General District Courts, a manual explaining the use and instructions for General District Court forms, a chart of financial eligibility for court-appointed counsel, and other court manuals and reference materials.
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.
General District Court Civil and Landlord-Tenant Information
View and download guides to civil litigation and landlord-tenant disputes in Virginia General District Courts, in English and Spanish, from the Bar Association of the City of Richmond.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
City of Martinsville Victim/Witness Help
The City of Martinsville Commonwealth's Attorney's Victim Witness Program provides crime victims and witnesses with information, court accompaniment, case status notification, crisis counseling, referrals, and assistance with victim impact statements, restitution, and Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund applications.
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.
Protective Order Forms and Assistance
Use an interactive online program to complete and print forms required to file for a protective order; instructions and answers to frequently asked questions are provided. View instructions applicable to specific General District and Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts.
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.
Online fine payments
Pay City of Martinsville Parking Tickets
Pay City of Martinsville parking tickets online. Select "Local Payments" to begin. A convenience fee applies.
Pay General District Court Tickets and Fines Online
Pay General District Court traffic tickets and fines for other minor offenses online. Search for your Traffic/Criminal case by court, then by name, case number, or hearing date. A convenience fee applies