The Supreme Court of Virginia has declared a “Judicial Emergency” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. What this means, essentially, is that all criminal matters scheduled for the next twenty one days by my office will be rescheduled. Witnesses subpoenaed by my office to appear for trials or hearings scheduled during this time frame are released from those subpoenas.
Emergency matters such as certain bond hearings, emergency protective orders, or cases involving a speedy trial issue will still be heard, however, currently we have no cases involving speedy trial issues scheduled, and I do not anticipate any. Therefore those who are currently scheduled for jury service will not need to appear for at least the next three weeks.
My office will remain open, and open to the public, until directed otherwise by the Commonwealth or Federal Government. If you have an appointment with me, or another prosecutor in my office, we will be more than happy to reschedule the appointment for you if that is your preference. We are also available to schedule appointments via telephone if you would prefer not to travel to my office.
This is a fluid situation that is evolving daily. As things changed, I will try to keep you updated. In the meantime, I urge you to follow the directives of President Trump, Governor Northam, and other authorities.