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Resources for the City of Franklin General District Court - 5th Judicial District as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in City of Franklin, Virginia, and resources applicable to all courts in Virginia.
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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.
View and download Virginia Circuit Court, General District Court, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court forms. Selected civil, criminal, and traffic forms are available and translated into Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese languages.
Forms and Information
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Online Self-Help Forms
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General District Court Manuals and Resources
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View information about small claims procedures in Virginia General District Courts, including monetary limits, how to file, service of process, trial procedure, and judgment collection.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
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Crime Victims' Compensation
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Domestic Violence Help
The Virginia Department of Social Services offers a toll-free family violence and sexual assault hotline, information about domestic violence, advice and assistance for victims, and links to local social services.
Domestic Violence Information and Resources
The Virginia Office of the Attorney General offers information about domestic violence prevention, protective orders, crisis programs by location, publications, and additional state and national resources.
Drug Treatment Courts
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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.
Law Library Directory
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Legal Information and Resources
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Legal Information Pamphlets
Order public information pamphlets or view the information online for a variety of legal topics from the Virginia State Bar.
View and download self-help 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, taxation, public benefits, unlawful detainer (eviction), and wills.
View information about the Virginia magistrate system, which handles arrest and search warrants, subpoenas, bond, bail, emergency custody or protective orders, and civil summonses.
Mediation Resources and Directories
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Southampton County and City of Franklin Victim/Witness Help
The Southampton County Commonwealth's Attorney Office Victim Witness Assistance Program provides crime victims and witnesses with information, resource referrals, and assistance with services including Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund applications.
Attorney Complaint Forms and Information
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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 is available; the link is at the bottom of the page.
The Virginia Office of the Attorney General offers information about consumer fraud, identity theft, and scam alerts. Resources include: a downloadable identity theft guide; a consumer protection hotline; complaint filing instructions with online and printable forms; and a searchable database of consumer complaints by company name.
Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Elder Law Attorneys
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Find Legal Assistance
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Free Civil Legal Services
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Free Legal Assistance
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Judge Complaint Forms and Information
View information from the Virginia Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission about complaints against judges for misconduct or incapacity. An online complaint form, rules of procedure, and ethics opinions are provided.
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 or death who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
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Virginia Lawyer Referral
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Search the directory of Virginia State Bar Association member lawyers in good standing by name and location.