COVID-19 Update—We are here to help!

COVID-19Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,

During these uncertain times, our thoughts are with everyone who will be affected—physically and economically—by the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we will get through this crisis.

At Greenspun Shapiro, our lawyers and staff remain available to work with you throughout these stressful times. Our office is open and we are ready to help you with your legal matters—in person, on the phone, by email, or through video conferencing or other means as necessary.

We are up-to-date on the status of all courts and how they are handling dockets during this unusual time. Court closure for a prolonged period of time is unprecedented and should not cause you additional stress. Call us today at 703-352-0100 so we can help you navigate the status of your case.

Below is a summary of local court policies. However, these policies are all subject to review, change, and extension. Generally, arraignments and bond hearings will continue to take place. If you would like copies of the Virginia Supreme Court Order or any of the county orders, please let us know.

All Virginia Courts

  • All Non-Essential, Non-Emergency court proceedings in all circuit and district courts in Virginia from now until April 6, 2020, are suspended.
  • All deadlines are tolled and extended for a period of 21 days.
  • Emergency matters include, but are not limited to, quarantine or isolation matters, arraignments, bail reviews, protective order cases, emergency child custody or protection cases, and civil commitment hearings.
  • Judges may exercise their discretion regarding ongoing jury trials, and in cases where the defendant is incarcerated.

Arlington County Circuit Court

The Supreme Court’s Orders plus:
  • All criminal and traffic matters scheduled through April 3, 2020, with the exception of arraignments and bond hearings, are converted to status.
  • Emergency motions are permitted and must be filed with the Clerk of Court with a copy to Chambers via email
  • Telephonic appearances by counsel are permitted by filing a pleading requesting the same, with a copy to Chambers via email

Arlington County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court

The Supreme Court’s Orders plus:
  • In-custody arraignments and docketed bond motions will be conducted via video. Out-of-custody arraignments will be continued.
  • Delayed reporting and weekend confinement obligations will be suspended and defendants are instructed to NOT report to the jail. These cases will be docketed on May 4, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Criminal trials and preliminary hearings will be continued for out-of-custody defendants. For in-custody defendants, these matters will remain on the date currently scheduled for status, with the detainee appearing by video.

Arlington County Jail

  • All personal visitation is suspended for a minimum of 30 days.
  • All professional visitation will be non-contact for a minimum of 30 days.
  • All programs are canceled for a minimum of 30 days.

City of Alexandria

The Supreme Court’s Orders plus:
  • Civil and criminal trials scheduled through April 17, 2020 will be continued, with the exception of bond hearings and emergency motions.
  • Alexandria Treatment Court will continue as scheduled, with hearings every Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Alexandria Adult Detention Center

  • Social visitation have been canceled.
  • Professional meetings will continue through video conference.

Eastern District of Virginia

  • All non-emergency civil and criminal appearances, trials, hearings, and settlement conferences that are scheduled to occur through May 1, 2020, are postponed and continued.
  • All filing deadlines now set to fall on or before April 14, 2020, are extended by 14 days.

Fairfax County and City General District Courts

The Supreme Court’s Orders plus:

  • No regular court hearings through April 17, 2020, EXCEPT: bond motions, video advisements, motions court, information on attorney court, arraignments, mental health specialty docket, and protective order court.
  • For incarcerated defendants only, the following will be held: criminal and traffic court, supervised release violations court, preliminary hearing court, sentencing and non-comp courts.

Fairfax County Circuit Court

The Supreme Court’s Orders plus:

  • All criminal and civil matters are suspended through April 17, 2020.
  • Parties with calendar control or emergency matters may appear telephonically.

Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court

The Supreme Court’s Orders plus:

  • All traffic and criminal cases, with the exception of incarcerated defendants, are suspended until May 10, 2020.
  • Rule to show cause hearings for support obligations where the respondent is held in custody shall be heard as scheduled. All other custody, visitation, and support status hearings and trials are suspended until May 10, 2020.
  • Preliminary protective orders shall be heard by affidavit only.

Fairfax County Adult Detention Center

  • Personal visitation is suspended.
  • The weekender program (weekends in jail) and delayed confinement (report back) sentences are suspended. Notification will be made when these alternative sentencing options are reinstated.
  • Effective Friday, March 27, all professional visits will be conducted in the personal visiting area, with the glass partition between the parties. Deputies will be available to facilitate document transfers as needed.

Loudoun County Circuit Court

The Supreme Court’s Orders plus:

  • All criminal and civil matters set from now through April 10, 2020, other than arraignments and bond motions, will be continued for status.
  • Emergency criminal and civil motions may be filed with the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office with a copy to chambers via email to The Court will decide whether to docket the matter.
  • Matters already filed for Civil Motions Day on Friday, April 3, 2020, will remain on the docket. Parties who wish to appear telephonically may request to do so via email to

Prince William County Circuit Court

The Supreme Court’s Orders plus:

  • With the exception of cases having statutory priority (including protective orders, involuntary commitment orders, and quarantine or isolation orders), all hearings, motions, or trials scheduled from now through April 30, 2020 will be continued.
  • Motions to Reconsider Sentences should follow the normal procedures. Attorneys are asked to address facts that are unique to a given defendant.

Prince William County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court

The Supreme Court’s Orders plus:

  • Through April 17, 2020, only bond motions, arraignments, protective orders, child abuse and neglect matters, and emergency matters will be heard.

Prince William County Adult Detention Center

  • Contacted DOC about increased home incarceration in appropriate cases
  • Alexandria Treatment Court will continue as scheduled, with hearings every Thursday at 2:00 p.m.


As always, please call us with your questions and concerns. We hope that you and yours stay safe and healthy during these unsettling times.

—All of us at Greenspun Shapiro PC


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