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November 16, 2012

New Cover Sheet for Filing Civil Actions

The Supreme Court of Virginia is requesting that attorneys who file civil actions in circuit courts complete a new Cover Sheet for Filing Civil Actions.

Clerks use the cover sheet to identify the filing type for the action, which is then entered into the statewide Circuit Court Case Management System. The form was modified at the behest of the 2012 Virginia General Assembly.

The new cover sheet reorganizes the filing types into subject matter categories, making it easier for attorneys to select the correct filing type. Karl Hade, executive secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, said that use of the new cover sheet will help actions be counted properly for the weighted caseload study being undertaken for the General Assembly to measure judicial workloads.

The cover sheet form is a fillable PDF that can be completed online and printed for submission to the court when the action is filed. A copy of the form is available on the Virginia Judicial System website at


Updated: Nov 26, 2012