Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
IN RE: FIFTEENTH ORDER EXTENDING DECLARATION OF
JUDICIAL EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 EMERGENCY
Under the constitutional, statutory, and inherent authority of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Court unanimously EXTENDS the Declaration of Judicial Emergency through January 24, 2021, and ORDERS that the provisions of the Fourteenth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency In Response To Covid-19 Emergency, entered December 3, 2020 (Fourteenth Order), shall continue to apply in all courts of the Commonwealth for the duration of this Order except as provided herein.
All courts and security personnel shall continue to take reasonable measures to prohibit individuals from entering the courthouse if they answer “Yes” to any of the following questions, as currently recommended by the Virginia Department of Health:
a. Are you experiencing:
i. A new fever (100.4°F or higher) or a sense of having a fever
ii. A new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition
iii. New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that you cannot attribute to another health condition
iv. New chills that you cannot attribute to another health condition
v. A new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition
vi. New muscle aches (myalgia) that you cannot attribute to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)
vii. A new loss of taste or smell
b. Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?
c. In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (being within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, or having direct exposure to respiratory secretions) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
The court and security personnel shall direct such individuals to contact the clerk’s office by
telephone or other remote means to inform the clerk of their business before the court so they may receive further instruction regarding alternate arrangements for court access. See the full Order
About the J&DR Court:
There is a juvenile and domestic relations district court in each Virginia city and county. In Virginia, a juvenile is any person under 18 years of age. The Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court hears all matters involving juveniles such as criminal and traffic matters.
Juvenile delinquency cases are cases involving a minor under the age of 18 who has been accused of committing an offense that would be considered criminal if committed by an adult.
Other juvenile offenses may be referred to as status offenses. Status offenses are those acts that are unlawful only because they are committed by a minor.
In addition, this court handles other matters involving the family such as custody, support and visitation. The court also hears family abuse cases, cases where adults have been accused of child abuse or neglect, and criminal cases where the defendant and alleged victim are family or household members.
Confidentiality of records pertaining to a juvenile case must be maintained at all times. Juvenile courts are not allowed to disclose juvenile case information over the telephone.
The Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court (J&DR) Clerk’s office, located on the second floor of the Gloucester County Courthouse, is unique in that it serves the citizens of Gloucester, Mathews, and Middlesex Counties.