The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office does not participate in any case where the Commonwealth of Virginia is not a party. These are called "civil" (rather than "criminal") cases. A civil case is often characterized by a private person suing another person, often for monetary damages, but can also involve governmental entities other than the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Common examples of cases in which the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office does not participate include:
- Child custody
- Child support enforcement
- Those where Gloucester County is a party