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December 21, 2020

Supreme Court of Virginia Issues 15th Judicial Emergency Due to COVID

On Friday, December 18, 2020, the Supreme Court of Virginia extended the declaration of judicial emergency until January 24, 2021. This is the Court’s fifteenth such order due to the COVID-19 pandemic and applies to all courts in the Commonwealth.

The new order delineates health questions that should be asked of individuals entering a courthouse, requires all people over the age five or older to wear a mask in the courthouse with limited exceptions, and describes the process by which jury trials will resume once approved by a panel of three Justices in consultation with the Office of the Executive Secretary. Courts may also impose discovery and other pre-trial deadlines in jury trials that are currently suspended after noticing parties or their counsel.

The Court’s full order may be found here.

Updated: Dec 21, 2020