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May 26, 2021

Supreme Court of Virginia Issues 22nd COVID-19 Emergency Order

On May 26, 2021, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued a 22nd Declaration of Judicial Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the emergency period through June 20, 2021.

The Order, effective May 31, 2021, advises courts to follow the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Governor Northam as it pertains to masks, physical distancing, and capacity limits. Despite the easing of mask and capacity limits, jury trials may only be conducted by those courts who have a plan approved by a panel of three Justices.

The Order also calls for a continuation of the screening of individuals entering courthouses to the extent recommended by the Virginia Department of Health; a continuation of the tolling of speedy trial act deadlines; and the continued authorization of the use of electronic signatures for pleadings, orders, and other documents.

The full Order may be found here.

Updated: May 26, 2021