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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.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Published opinions and orders
Self help, legal research, general information
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.
Fairfax County Consumer Help
View information about consumer complaints, mediation and arbitration, housing, and other consumer issues in Fairfax County, with links to downloadable complaint forms and complaint filing instructions.
Fairfax County General District Court Civil Information
View information about civil cases in Fairfax County General District Court, including landlord/tenant, small claims, use of forms, procedures for defendants and plaintiffs, protective orders, small claims, and judgments.
Fairfax County General District Court Traffic Information
View information about traffic cases in Fairfax County General District Court, including continuance requests, points, parking tickets, payments, procedures, accident cases, restricted licenses, missed court dates, and court appointed attorneys.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and download pamphlets from Legal Services of Northern Virginia on legal topics including advanced directives, bankruptcy, foreclosure, garnishment, powers of attorney, guardianship and conservatorship, General District Court procedure, taxes, benefits, unlawful detainer (eviction), 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.
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 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
Alexandria Area Lawyer Referral
The Alexandria Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone or downloadable form, which includes an initial consultation with a lawyer for a nominal fee.
Arlington Area Lawyer Referral
The Arlington County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by guided online request form, which includes an initial consultation with a lawyer for a nominal fee.
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.
Fairfax Area Lawyer Referral
The Fairfax Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone or online request form, which includes an initial consultation with a lawyer for a nominal fee.
Fairfax Victim/Witness Help
The Fairfax County Victim Services Section provides City of Fairfax and Fairfax County crime victims and witnesses with information, crisis intervention, court accompaniment, case status notification, referrals, and assistance with protective orders, return of property, restitution, victim impact statements, 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.
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.
McLean Area Lawyers
Browse a directory of McLean Bar Association members alphabetically by name, or search by area of practice.
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 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.
Fairfax County General District Court Forms
View and download Fairfax County General District Court civil request for action forms and criminal discovery order, bond reduction, and continuance request forms. Links to statewide forms are included.
Forms and Information
View and download civil practice and procedure, consumer, elder law, expungement, family law, housing, and medical debt forms for use in all Virginia courts, from Legal Services of Northern Virginia. Click the topic on the right side of the page for links to relevant forms. Links to informational pamphlets on various topics 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.
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 Fairfax County Parking Tickets
Pay Fairfax County parking tickets online by ticket number or license plate number. View photos of the parking violation online by ticket number and license plate or VIN number.
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