More than 1 million people live in Fairfax County, Virginia. Since it is the most populated county in the Commonwealth of Virginia, it should come as no surprise that the Fairfax County Traffic Court is one of the busiest in the country.
Some jurisdictions in the Commonwealth of Virginia provide information to the public via the General District Court Case Information site. This useful tool is a searchable database to help you find your case’s date, courtroom, type of hearing, court time, and more.
Regarding other information also available, you can find the local ordinance or Virginia Code section an individual has been charged under, the date of arrest/offense, the officer involved, the defense lawyer involved (if any), and more.
The Fairfax County General District Court Case Information tool is also helpful to search past offenses, because sometimes a current pending offense will be treated differently if the charged individual has a prior record. Much of the time, such offenses are serious (e.g., DWI – DUI), and could even result in stiffer sentencing or a felony instead of a misdemeanor.
Here you will find Fairfax County General District Court information, including: parking, directions, court operating schedule, phone numbers, hours, policies, frequently asked questions, and more. Our Fairfax traffic lawyer loves to help people, whether or not they hire the Jad Sarsour.
Each city and county in the Commonwealth of Virginia has a general district court. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, traffic infraction, or felony…or if a city police officer (as opposed to a Fairfax County officer) cited you for an alleged violation of an ordinance, then you will need to know particular information about the Fairfax County General District Court system. In Fairfax County General District Court, three different divisions exist: traffic, criminal, and civil (and small claims).
For traffic infractions, the general district court has jurisdiction; in Fairfax County, the Fairfax County traffic courts are located on the first floor. In some cases, you may need to go to a city court (discussed later). Additionally, you will find the Traffic Services office on the first floor, which may very well be a place you will need to go. You may need to visit the traffic services office if you need to pay a fine, file a motion, or inquire about other services.
For misdemeanor criminal charges, the preliminary hearing and trial take place in Fairfax County General District court (unless the case is appealed, in which case it will be heard in the circuit court), or if a local ordinance is at issue, it may be heard in a city court. The information with regards to city courts are found further down on this page.
For felony criminal charges, the preliminary hearing will take place in the Fairfax County General District Court, but a trial (if there is one), will occur in Circuit Court. In Fairfax County, the general district and circuit courts are in the same building. Additionally, civil cases are heard in Fairfax County General District Court if the amount in controversy, or claim amount, is equal to, or less than $4,500. Civil are heard in general district court if the claim is $4,500 to $25,000, but such cases may also be heard in the circuit court (also in the same building, but on a different floor).
If you are faced with a traffic infraction or a misdemeanor offense, then chances are high that your case will be heard at 9:30 am. If you have a Fairfax traffic lawyer to represent you, he or she may want to meet with you near the chairs located just outside of the courtrooms, prior to 9:30 am. Always check your Summons; if you lost your Summons, call the court or check online. If you miss a court date, then depending on the charge, a warrant for your arrest could be issued. Do not take chances; a “failure to appear” is a criminal charge of its own, and a violation can land a person in jail for ten days. The court’s website and contact information can be found on this page or the Fairfax County General District Court Case Information System. Sometimes, a charge may be prepaid and a court appearance is not necessary. We discuss how to find out (if you are unsure), further down on this page. You can use the quick navigation links at the top of this page to go directly to that section.
Fairfax traffic lawyer Jad Sarsour suggests arriving at least 30 minutes before the office closes, because there may be a waiting period.
If you need to reach the offices of the Fairfax County General District Court, you can find much information using the following automated information lines for the respective divisions:
Some people who are new to the area, or who may be unfamiliar with the Fairfax County Traffic Court do vaguely recall driving past the old historic courthouse just off of Main Street, in the City of Fairfax (pictured, right).
But note: the historic courthouse is not where adult traffic or criminal cases are heard these days. The current location of The Fairfax County General District Court and Fairfax County Traffic Court is:
4110 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
If you are unsure after reading this page and you have visited the Fairfax County General District Court’s website but still have questions, then our welcoming Fairfax traffic lawyer and traffic defense firm may be able to assist you with directions, as we are happy to help residents of Virginia as well as non-residents with a case in Fairfax County, if we are able.