Update: Some Virginia Courts to Resume Jury Trials this Month

According to the August 31, 2020 edition of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, the following courts have had their plans approved for the resumption of jury trials beginning in September: Henrico Circuit Court Norfolk Circuit Court Stafford Circuit Court Alleghany Circuit Court The plans for these courts are posted on the home web page of Virginia’s Judicial System linked here. Additional information is included on the Virginia Judicial System web page, including a “court by court” listing of Notices, Orders, Announcements, etc. related to individual courts.  This information can be found here....

The Declaration of Judicial Emergency has been extended through September 20, 2020. The full text of the order can be found here.

Declaration of Judicial Emergency Extended by Virginia Supreme Court

The Newest Order from the Virginia Supreme Court extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency through August 30, 2020 can be found here. Jury Trials remain suspended. Each Circuit Court is to send its individual plan to the Virginia Supreme Court for approval by a three Judge Panel from the Virginia Supreme Court. The Period of Judicial Emergency has been extended  to August 30, 2020. Please note, tolling provisions for statutes of limitations and case related deadlines ended July 20, 2020 (see Seventh Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19...

7th Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency

The 7th Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency can be found here. The new date through which the extension applies is August 9, 2020. Included in the new Order is the following: Plans for restarting jury trials, as required by Paragraph 16 of the Sixth Order, shall be submitted by Chief Circuit Court Judges to the Chief Justice. Jury trials may be held as soon as the plan has been submitted and approved by a panel of three Justices in consultation with the Office of the Executive Secretary. No jury trials shall occur in any locality in the Commonwealth for the duration of this Order, unless and until the plan applicable to the locality has been approved by the panel. The tolling period as a result of the Judicial Emergency for such statutes of limitation and deadlines shall be limited to March 16, 2020 through July 19,...

Sixth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency In Response to Covid-19 Emergency entered by the Virginia Supreme Court

The Sixth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency In Response to Covid-19 Emergency entered by the Virginia Supreme Court was entered yesterday. Highlights are offered below.  You can review the entire Order here. The Declaration of Judicial Emergency is EXTENDED until July 19, 2020 Statutes of Limitations and case related deadlines (except for discovery deadlines) continue to be tolled during period of Judicial Emergency. While video conferencing and telephonic hearings are preferred, Courts may hear in-person non-emergency matters and non-jury cases if they determine it is safe to do so. Still not necessary for a party to obtain the agreement of any other party to bring a pre-trial motion before the court set a non-jury trial. Facemasks required Continuances and excuses for failure to appear shall be liberally granted for reasons resulting from impact of Covid-19 Jury trials remain suspended and no jury trials shall take place for the duration of this Order. Jury trials after July 19 are subject to a further period of suspension if the Declaration of Judicial Emergency is extended. Judge Lemons has appointed a Task Force to address the reinstatement of jury trials in the...