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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Botetourt County Circuit Court - 25th Judicial Circuit as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Botetourt County, Virginia, and resources applicable to all courts in Virginia.
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Circuit Court Case Records
Search Virginia Circuit Court case records for most counties and independent cities online.
Historical Chancery Records
Search the historical Virginia Chancery Records Index for most counties and independent cities online by county or city, party name, case year, index number, and local file number. Case document images may be available for certain cases in some counties and cities. Record dates range from the early 1700s to the mid-1900s.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Opinions
View the official Virginia Attorney General opinions from 1996 to the present.
Forms and related information
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
Legal Services of Northern Virginia provides a variety of civil forms, including consumer, elder law, family law and housing. Click the topic on the right side of the page for the links to relevant forms. Links to informational pamphlets on various topics are also provided.
Online Self-Help Forms
VALegalAid offers do-it-yourself forms organized by legal issue. Some forms may be completed online with an interactive interview process. Instructions, pamphlets, guides, and additional self-help resources are provided.
Online fine payments
Pay Circuit and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Fines, Fees, Restitution, and Costs
Pay fines, costs and restitution online for traffic and criminal cases in Circuit or Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, and fees for civil cases in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
Self help, legal research, general information
Administration of Estates Information
A guide to estate administration in Virginia Circuit Courts is provided by the Virginia Bar Association.
Circuit Court Information
See an overview of Virginia Circuit Courts, including case types, procedures, counsel, juries, costs, and appeals.
Guardianships and Conservatorships
View information and instructions for guardians and conservators appointed by the court to be responsible for the personal and financial affairs of incapacitated adults.
Judicial Settlement Conferences
The Judicial Settlement Program in Circuit Court provides a free, confidential process directed by a retired judge to resolve disputes informally without going to trial.
View a guide to probate procedures in Virginia Circuit Courts.
Restoration of Rights
View information about requests for restoration of the right 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.
Child Support Services
The Virginia Department of Social Services, Division of Child Support Enforcement, offers information and services related to all aspects of child support. Online case access and payments, local office contacts, order review and enforcement, and links to additional resources and forms are provided.
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 federal resources.
Parent Education Seminars
Parent Education Seminars are mandatory for parties involved in child custody, visitation, or support cases. Links to seminar providers by court type and location are provided.
View the rules for use in the Virginia courts.
Court System and Legal Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about the Virginia court system, including case preparation, legal research, legal advice, forms, traffic cases, child custody and visitation, child support, divorce, name changes, wills, small claims, criminal records, and judge and attorney misconduct.
Crime Victims' Compensation
View information about the Virginia Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund, including eligibility requirements, compensable expenses, forms, instructions for filing, and links to online payments.
Definitions of Common Legal Terms
View a glossary of commonly used legal terms, arranged alphabetically.
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
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.
Law Library Directory
View a directory of law libraries in Virginia, including links to library websites and available services.
Legal Information and Resources
Virginia Legal Aid offers information and resources arranged by legal topic, including: consumer, elder law, employment, family law, domestic and sexual violence, criminal, housing, education, health, immigration, public benefits, taxation, and military.
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
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, and view informational videos and reference materials.
Senior Citizen Legal Information
View and download a handbook of legal information for senior citizens provided by the Virginia State Bar.
Search the Code of Virginia by keyword, or browse the table of contents or popular names table.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Attorney Complaint Forms and Information
The Virginia State Bar conducts inquiries into public complaints of attorney misconduct. An online or printable complaint form is provided, and additional information about fee disputes, ethics questions and opinions, and disciplinary actions is available.
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
Search for a member of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys by attorney or firm name, practice area, and region. Alternative search options include browsing the directory by first letter of last name, or view the complete list of defense attorneys 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. 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.
Search the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association directory by individual name or firm, 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 also provided.
Search the directory of Virginia State Bar Association member lawyers in good standing by name and location.