Published opinions and orders
Self help, legal research, general information
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Manuals and Resources
Download a manual explaining procedure in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts, a manual explaining the use and instructions for District Court forms, a chart of financial eligibility for court-appointed counsel, and other court manuals and reference materials.
Law Library Directory
A directory of law libraries in Virginia, along with links to library websites, which may provide legal research materials and assistance.
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.
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.
View information about the Virginia magistrate system, which handles arrest and search warrants, subpoenas, bail, emergency custody or protective orders, and civil summonses.
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.
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.
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.
Search the Code of Virginia by keyword, or browse by table of contents or list of popular names of acts.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free Civil Legal Services
The Virginia State Bar lists contact information and links to organizations offering free civil legal assistance.
Free Legal Assistance
View a directory of free legal service providers in Virginia, from the Bar Association of the City of Richmond.
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.
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.
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.
Roanoke Area Lawyers
Search a directory of Roanoke Bar Association members by name or area of practice.
Search the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association directory by name, location, and area of practice.
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.
Search the directory of Virginia State Bar Association member lawyers in good standing by name and location.
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.
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.
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.