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June 16, 2021

Supreme Court of Virginia Issues Twenty-Third COVID Emergency Order

On June 15, 2021, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued its twenty-third Declaration of Judicial Emergency in response to the COVID pandemic, extending its existing order through July 11, 2021.

The Order gives chief judges and presiding judges discretion as to how to safely operate their respective courts regarding physical distancing and masks. The Order also extends the moratorium on jury trials unless the court has a plan already approved by a panel of three justices. Judges are to use their discretion as to conducting grand jury proceedings.

Speedy trial act deadlines continue to be tolled by the Order throughout the period of judicial emergency. All courts are still authorized to accept pleadings, orders, and other documents with electronic signatures.

The Court’s full Order may be found here.

Updated: Jun 16, 2021