COVID-19 UPDATES FOR CIRCUIT COURT
See Order establishing Temporary Hearing procedures and First Transition Plan as to the scheduling of remote hearings in civil and criminal cases. Submit appropriate motions with Praecipe Form or Remote Hearing Form or Calendar Control Request Form. Motions in criminal cases should be mailed to CRcircuit@fauquiercounty.gov.
Motions in civil cases should be emailed to CVDRcircuit@fauquiercounty.gov.
Bond motions and capias returns will be scheduled as needed..
See Transition Information below for requirements during in-person hearings.
FOR CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ORDERS FOR COURT OPERATIONS:
The Circuit Court of Fauquier County is dedicated to a fair and impartial administration of the Judicial System as a Court of Record in Fauquier County, Virginia.
Judges of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit
- Stephen E. Sincavage
- Jeanette A. Irby
- Douglas L. Fleming, Jr. - Chief Judge
- James P. Fisher
- James E. Plowman
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 criminal and civil.
In civil cases the Circuit Court has jurisdiction in claims for money, such as personal injury cases and unpaid debts. These cases are called actions at law. The Circuit Court also has jurisdiction over all equity matters, including divorce cases, disputes concerning wills and estates, and controversies involving property.
In criminal cases, the Circuit Court has jurisdiction over the trial of all felonies (offenses that may be punished by commitment to the State penitentiary) and some misdemeanors.
The Circuit Court has appellate jurisdiction over all appeals from the General District Court in civil and criminal cases and from juvenile and domestic relations court in domestic and criminal cases.
The Circuit Court has the authority to impanel grand juries. Regular grand juries are convened at each term of court to consider indictments prepared by the Commonwealth's Attorney to determine whether there is probable cause that the person accused has committed the crime charged in the indictment and should stand trial.
The Circuit Court also has the authority to make appointments to certain county boards and to appoint church trustees.