Dear Arlington - The short answer is no, lawyers are not allowed to represent folks in small claims court. This is because the legislature wanted these proceedings to be less formal, which gives the participants more flexibility to represent themselves. Like many things - if lawyers were allowed, the goal would be thwarted by their presence and skills. As stated, if the case is removed to General District Court, lawyers are allowed. I hope that this helps!
You need to ask this question of the Clerk of Courts in the community that you live..
Generally speaking in Virginia? No, unless you plan on removing to GDC, which you have the right to do.
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