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BEGINNING IN MARCH 2020 AND RECONFIRMED AS LATE AS JUNE 8TH 2020 VIRGINIA COURTS HAVE BEEN THE SUBJECT OF A JUDICIAL EMERGENCY DECLARED PURSUANT TO Va. Code Section 17.1-330. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ADVISEMENT IS TO PROVIDE CURRENT INFORMATION FROM THE VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT REGARDING RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS AND CIVIL PROCESS RELATING TO SUCH ACTIONS.


  • Q: What is the status of my pending Unlawful Detainer?
    A: General District Court currently plans to begin hearing all previously filed UDs beginning June 29th.

  • Q: What is the status of my pending Writ of Eviction?
    A: NSO has returned all Writs of evictions so that they may be refiled with the clerk’s office because of the CARES Act recertification requirements.

  • Q: When can I refile for another Writ?
    A: This date will be decided by the General District Court Clerk’s Office. (757-664-4912)

  • Q: What about the six month execution period?
    A: The period of judicial emergency will toll and extend any six month timeline applicable to any execution of a writ of eviction for the duration of time that the emergency was in effect.

  • Q: Are there any unlawful detainers and writ of eviction matters that can be heard BEFORE June 29th?
    A: Yes. On June 22nd the Supreme Court of Virginia issued an Order allowing any Unlawful Detainer or Writ of Eviction NOT based on failure to pay rent but for another matter to be heard immediately.

  • Q: Has the CARES Act had an effect on my rights as a tenant or landlord?
    A: Future pleadings requesting unlawful detainer and recovery of possession as well as issuance of writs of eviction will have to certify CARES Act compliance if the housing is federally subsidized or backed with a federally guaranteed mortgage and eviction cannot occur until the CARES Act period has expired.

  • Q: What protections are there to help the property owners?
    A: Landlords who have suffered hardships may seek forbearance under specific CARES Act remedies from mortgage payments for up to 180 days if they qualify and they are urged to contact their loan servicer. 

  • Q: What about the Sheriff’s office fees for service and execution of writs?
    A: As a service to the public given the hardships of our community, the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office will WAIVE all fees for service and execution of all writs for at least the first 60 days, when matters are cleared for hearing by the courts.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided as general information. The judges of the General District Courts will set forth the procedures to follow and this is not meant to be the law of any case.

Questions about any of this should be directed to the Staff Attorney at (757) 664-4344.

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