News and Information
March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Updates and Safety Measures

Additional Info

MCLE note:
Programs delivered via teleconference or webcast where there is an opportunity to interact with the speaker in real time qualify as live interactive CLE. Make sure any course you take indicates it is approved for Virginia live interactive credit. Contact the course sponsor with any questions. A partial list of already approved teleconference and webcast CLE courses is available on the MCLE page under Current Virginia Approved Courses.

Resources for Virginia Lawyers

Additional Disaster Resources

March 30 update:
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a temporary statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.
View Executive Order 55 (PDF)

The VSB will continue operating at reduced capacity.


March 29 update:
The Virginia State Bar’s office will be open March 30, operating at reduced capacity, after closing March 24-27 due to health concerns with the spread of COVID-19.

The VSB continues to provide essential services to Virginia’s lawyers and the public. However, we have taken steps to keep the health and safety of our members, employees, and the general public at the forefront of our actions during this rapidly changing situation. Accordingly, many in-person services will be reduced or suspended.

The VSB office at 1111 E. Main Street is closed to visitors. If you need to reach a staff person, please send an email or call the appropriate contact person.

We strongly urge the use of electronic communication to assist us in providing services to protect the public. Read more.


Update March 28, 2020:

On March 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued an order extending the judicial emergency response to the COVID-19 emergency beginning April 6 through April 26, 2020, for all district and circuit courts of the Commonwealth.

View the Court's order (PDF)


Update March 27, 2020:

The Virginia State Bar’s office will be open March 30, operating at reduced capacity, after closing March 24-27 due to health concerns with the spread of COVID-19. The VSB continues to provide essential services to Virginia’s lawyers and the public. However, we have taken steps to keep the health and safety of our members, employees, and the general public at the forefront of our actions during this rapidly changing situation. Accordingly, many in-person services will be reduced or suspended. Read more.


Update March 24, 2020:

The Virginia State Bar’s office will be closed until March 30 due to health concerns with the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to evaluate the situation and will announce any additional information on our website.


Update March 23, 2020:

COVID-19 Appellate and Local Court Information
Orders, notices, and procedures from appellate and local courts about emergency operations due to COVID-19. Posted to the the website of Virginia's Judicial System as of 3/20/20.


Updates March 20, 2020:

The Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia have issued a clarification of the tolling of appellate deadlines which was posted today on the Virginia’s Judicial System website here.


In order to ensure prompt receipt and review of complaints the Virginia State Bar encourages the public to submit bar complaints online.


Update March 18, 2020:

The Court of Appeals has issued an order outlining changes in response to the COVID-19 emergency.

View the Court of Appeals order (PDF)


Update March 16, 2020:

The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued an order declaring a judicial emergency in response to the COVID-19 emergency.

View the Court's order (PDF)


Update March 16, 2020:

Due to potential health concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus disease) and out of an abundance of caution, the Virginia State Bar has decided to cancel some meetings and events. See the meetings and events page for information on specific meetings.

Governor Ralph Northam has directed state agencies to limit in-person meetings and non-essential, work-related gatherings. We will continue to evaluate whether to cancel, postpone, hold electronically, or hold as scheduled other meetings on an ongoing basis. We will work to reschedule meetings. Thank you for your understanding.


The Virginia State Bar is closely monitoring the developing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus disease). Our priority is the safety of our members, our staff, and our community. If the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health deem it necessary to cancel or modify scheduled events, we will communicate these changes to you as soon as possible via our website and email.

We are currently evaluating all upcoming meetings and events and we have delayed opening registration for the VSB Annual Meeting until April 15, 2020. We are committed to providing you the highest quality service and we will continue to stay informed about the situation to ensure we follow recommended measures to promote healthy environments for all.

For further information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health.

Edited. Originally posted 2020-03-11 09:38 AM.

Updated: Mar 30, 2020