Foster McCollam Wright has always been committed to ensuring our clients receive the highest quality legal representation. In light of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendations from our leaders to physically distance ourselves from others, we decided to conduct all firm business remotely. While we may not be physically in our offices, we are 100% operational, our phone lines are fully functional, and we are able to continue providing you with the exceptional service you are accustomed to.
You are likely aware that the courts across our Commonwealth have essentially shut down. While that is true for many cases, it is important to know that courts will continue to hear all emergency matters such as those involving domestic violence, child abuse, and to protect the Constitutional rights of incarcerated people.
All courts in Virginia will be operating emergency only dockets and hearings through April 6, 2020, but it is very likely closures will continue beyond that date. The Supreme Court has allowed individual courts to establish their own policies and procedures with respect to how they will handle their cases.
For now, the Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court is closed until April 17, General District and Circuit until April 6 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is what you need to know about how these closures may potentially affect you:
- All non-essential matters (traffic, misdemeanor adjudications, juvenile cases, licensing, civil cases, etc.) have been postponed to a later date.
- Domestic violence protective orders, and child abuse and neglect proceedings will continue to be heard.
- Juvenile and adults who are facing criminal charges and are incarcerated will continue to have arraignments, bond hearings, and trials.
- All civil cases such as child custody, visitation, support, and divorce will be postponed.
The following jurisdictions have extended their closures beyond April 6:
- United States Eastern District of Virginia: April 30
- Fairfax County Circuit Court: April 17
- Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court: May 10
- Fauquier & Loudon County Circuit Court: April 10
If you have a loved one who is in jail, please contact an attorney to file for bond. Courts are acutely aware of the high risk associated with incarceration during this period.
Please also know that if you are the victim of domestic violence, you still have recourse. The courts are still open to address issues pertaining to family violence, so please do not hesitate to secure the legal counsel you need. All of the lawyers in our firm have years of experience in this field and can assist you in navigating the Court system amidst the court closures.
As always, we will continue to be right by your side. Please let us know how we can help. Contact the team at Foster McCollam Wright, PLLC today at (703) 420-7011.
Jess, Katie, and Wiley