Written by attorney Rixon Charles Rafter III

Landlords and Tenants in General District Court in Fairfax County Virginia

Landlords or Tenants seeking redress in the courts of Fairfax County Virginia frequently file before the judges in the 19th Judicial District of Virginia, at the Fairfax County General District Court. The general district court handles criminal misdemeanors, violations of local ordinances, traffic infractions, and preliminary hearings in felony charges.

General district courts also have exclusive authority to hear civil cases with claims of $4,500 or less and share authority with the circuit courts to hear cases with claims between $4,500 and $25,000. Examples of civil cases are landlord and tenant disputes, contract disputes and personal injury actions. General district court judges are elected by the General Assembly for 6 year terms.

The Fairfax County General District Court has three divisions: Civil/Small Claims, Criminal, and Traffic. A Court Services Division also serves the court by providing supervised release options for defendants pending trial and probation services after conviction.

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