30th General and Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts

Appearing to the courts that the President of the United States and the Governor of Virginia have issued certain emergency declarations concerning the health and safety of our citizens. It further appearing to the courts that the Federal Center of Disease Control has issued certain guidance including mitigation strategies for communities to reduce or eliminate large gatherings of individuals to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
And it further appearing to the courts that they are authorized under Virginia Code Section 16.1-69.35(5) to determine when courts shall be open for transaction of business when "under prevailing conditions, it would constitute a threat to the health and safety of the Clerk's Office personnel and the general public."
It is ordered that there shall be limited access to the District Courts from March 16th,2020 to April 6th 2020. In the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts, all cases involving Child Support, Civil Custody and Visitation, Adult Criminal Cases where the defendant is NOT incarcerated, and Juvenile Delinquency (Criminal) cases where the juvenile is not held in detention are herby continued. Witnessess for these matters are hereby excused from appearing.
All currently scheduled court dates for any incarcerated defendant or juvenile in detention will go forward as scheduled and are not included within this order or continuance, subject however, to a written motion filed in any such case of an incarcerated defendant. The courts will also conduct limited hearings including bond motions, petitions for Family Abuse Protective Orders, petitions for Abuse and Neglect, video arraignments of incarcerated persons charged will violations of the criminal code of the Commonwealth, and when warranted, emergency motions filed during that period.
In the General District Courts all but the following cases are continued: Protective Order Hearings, Arraignments of incarcerated defendants, all criminal cases in which the defendant is incarcerated, emergency motions, and bond hearings.
Furthermore until further notice, each District Court Clerk's Office shall be open for public access from 9:00am until 11:30am and 1:30pm until 3:30pm. Clerks will be in the office during regular hours and still reachable by phone and electronic forms of communication.

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