The original item was published from May 15, 2020 4:50 PM to May 15, 2020 4:54 PM
Beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, the Loudoun County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and General District Court will resume hearing non-emergency matters in person.
The two Loudoun courts are reopening on a limited basis to handle cases that have been continued as well as new cases coming into the court system. The dockets were limited only to emergency cases over the past weeks, which has resulted in a growing backlog in the courts.
Before entering the courthouse, all members of the public, as well as employees, will be assessed for possible COVID-19 risk and screened for elevated temperature. Cloth face coverings will also be required for admittance to the courthouse. Anyone who wishes to bring their own face covering may do so; if a visitor does not have a face covering, one will be provided before admittance. These protocols apply to both entrances of the courthouse: the Market Street public entrance and the King Street attorney and staff entrance.
Attorneys and parties to cases, essential witnesses, those filing a pleading, persons with appointments, members of the media, and court-watch groups will be admitted if they do not have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater and do not have a COVID-19 exposure risk factor. Others will not be admitted at this time.
Steps will also be taken in order to ensure recommended physical distancing throughout the courts facilities. Courthouse visitors must comply with social distancing requirements.
If a person does not meet the entrance requirements, he or she cannot enter the courthouse, but will be able to conduct business with the courts online, by phone or by video appearance. Courts will continue to conduct as much business as possible by means other than in-person court proceedings. Continuances will be granted by each court for any person prohibited from entering the courthouse.
Individuals may request a continuance, phone or video appearance for their cases by contacting the appropriate office:
- General District Court: 703-777-0312
- Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: 703-777-0300
- Juvenile Court Services Unit: 703-777-0303
- Circuit Court: 703-777-0270
Free parking for the Loudoun County Courthouse is located approximately two blocks away from the building in the Pennington Lot and Pennington Garage, which are located off of Church Street, NE. A shuttle will run between the Pennington Garage and Pennington Lot to a stop on East Market Street, across from the main entrance to the existing courthouse. The shuttle will run approximately every ten minutes, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Social distancing protocols on the shuttle will be enforced. Visitors to the courthouse may also choose to walk from the parking areas to the courthouse along North and Church Streets.
When visiting the courthouse, please allow ample time to park, travel from the parking site the courthouse, and clear the courthouse security checkpoint at the entrance.
The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been widespread and is likely to continue for some time. The financial fallout from the pandemic is affecting many Loudoun families, who find themselves in need of help.
Loudoun County encourages residents to stay informed about COVID-19.
- Visit loudoun.gov/coronavirus for more information about how to protect yourself and your family and to sign up for email and text updates on COVID-19.
- Text LCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive text alerts from Loudoun County about COVID-19.
- Text LCCOVIDESP to 888777 to receive text messages in Spanish from Loudoun County about COVID-19.
Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line, 703-737-8300, or send an email