Circuit Court – 17th Judicial Circuit


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The Clerk of the Circuit Court is an elected constitutional office in each county and large city in Virginia. Commonly referred to as Clerk of Court or County Clerk, this particular office performs more varied functions than any other in the Commonwealth.

In Arlington County, the 17th Judicial District includes the City of Falls Church, Virginia.

"The Circuit Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction in Virginia; this means that the court has authority to try a full range of cases both civil and criminal. Civil cases involve disputes essentially private in nature between two or more parties; criminal cases are controversies between the State and persons accused of a crime. Only in a circuit court is a jury provided for the trial of these disputes and controversies. The Virginia circuit court system is composed of 31 judicial circuits with 120 separate circuit courts in the various counties and cities of the State. The Supreme Court of Virginia establishes the rules of practice and procedure for the circuit courts, and the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court as the administrator of the circuit court system."

About the Circuit Court – Seventeenth Judicial Circuit

In Virginia, the Circuit Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction. The circuit court handles a wide variety of civil and criminal disputes and is the only court in the Virginia court system where a jury may be impaneled to settle such disputes.

                (See full details in Memo from the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court [PDF])

  • Topics Include:
    o   Calendar for Criminal Term Day, Civil Term Day, Criminal Motions Docket, Habitual Offender Docket & Grand Jury
    o   Civil Motions Filing Requirements
    o   Appeals from General District Court or Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
    o   Criminal Immediate Sanction Project Pilot Program
    o   Electronic Filing Requirements

Drug Court Program

  • Read the Mission Statement and the Arlington County Drug Court Program Participant Handbook.
  • The Program is an alternative to incarceration for probation violators in the Circuit Court with substance abuse issues.
  • Probationers must be approved by the Probation Department, Commonwealth Attorney's Office, and the Public Defender's Office before being referred to the Program.
  • Drug Court is held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. every Thursday (except holidays) in Courtroom 11B, 11th Floor, 1425 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington, Virginia 22201.
  • Contact Drug Court Program: 703-228-7160

Jury Duty

Court Room Technology

  • View technology available in Court Rooms of the Arlington Circuit Court
  • Court Rooms 10A, 10B, 10C, or 10D are located on the 10th Floor of 1425 North Courthouse Road
  • Contact the Court's Technology Coordinator

Use this Website For Information Only

The information on the websites for the Court and for the Circuit Court is for general information purposes only. Court business is not conducted online. Specific case information, scheduling and services may be obtained ONLY by calling or going to the appropriate office. Get contact information >>>



Judicial Process

About the Arlington Circuit Court, Civil Division, Criminal Felony Cases, Jury Service, Misdemeanor Appeals

Records & Research

You can research deeds, financing statements, judgments, wills and other records maintained by the Circuit Court by registering and paying a fee to access the Court's online records database.  More information is available at the Land Records Division.


Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the courthouse. Storage lockers are available in the Detention Facility lobby, across the courtyard, at 1435 N. Courthouse Road, for a small fee. You will need change. Laptop computers, eReaders, and iPods are permitted; iPads are not permitted.

Last Modified: March 26, 2014
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: 703-228-3000 TTY: 703-228-4611