Courts' Response to COVID-19 Coronavirus

Notice Regarding Face Coverings, Remote Hearings and COVID-19 Screenings

All persons who are not fully vaccinated pursuant to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, should wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when entering Chesterfield Courthouses. Any person who desires to wear a face covering may do so. No person will be asked about their vaccination status.  

The Sheriff’s Office will verbally screen all individuals entering the courthouse for COVID-19 illness symptoms.

If anyone is turned away due to screening results who is also a participant in a hearing, the Sheriff’s Office will immediately advise the presiding judge. Such persons may still participate in a scheduled hearing by remote technologies from outside the courthouse at the discretion of the presiding judge.

The Court can conduct remote hearings as appropriate. Please visit the Remote Appearances webpage for complete information and view the Motion for Remote Hearing Form (PDF).

Please noteA presiding judge may adjust any of these provisions as deemed necessary.

Courts’ Response to COVID-19

View the Declaration of Judicial Emergency ordered by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Current Information Regarding Court Operations and Public Services

Chesterfield Courts

The most important information we can share is that all of us should practice good personal hygiene, including proper hand washing and cough etiquette. Please use good judgment when visiting the courthouses and stay home if you are sick. The Courts continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) for updates. 

The Judicial Branch has a Pandemic COOP Plan and the Chesterfield Courts have their own individual plans that will be activated, if necessary. Here are updates that all three Courts would like to share with our stakeholders:

All Courts:

  • Online prepayments of traffic cases (where appropriate) and online payments of all fines and costs are strongly encouraged
  • Inmates: Hearings will be held via videoconferencing as deemed appropriate
  • Travelers from a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice Country: Notify the Court immediately if you are summoned, via phone or email; your case will be continued. Do not come in person.
  • Illness: If you are sick, notify the Court immediately if you are summoned, via phone or email; your case may be continued. Do not come in person.

Circuit Court

General District Court

Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

Past COVID-19 Press Releases Regarding Court Operations & Public Services