UPDATE: Judicial Emergency Extended Through November 22; CDC Order Bars Evictions
The Supreme Court of Virginia has extended the Judicial Emergency Order through November 22, 2020 (Twelfth Modified, updated October 19, 2020). Local courts have slightly different policies in place to address this situation. Guidance for court hearings, filings, and procedures vary by jurisdiction. As of present, the Richmond General District Court has reopened for in-person, non-emergency matters.
Although the CDC Order halts residential evictions through December 31, the tenant must take action to activate the protections the Order offers. The Eviction Diversion Program is still remotely assisting tenants and landlords with payment plans and rental assistance in an effort to thwart an ever-growing backlog. If you have time (even an hour or two) to assist this critical program, please sign up on JusticeServer, express interest in the opportunity, and we will connect you to the case details, instructions/trainings, and payment plan templates. Any help is immensely appreciated! Please be advised that the Richmond General District Court has updated its COVID-19 procedures (see second and third notice).
Other Relevant Information regarding COVID-19 safety measures for attorneys:
Programs delivered via teleconference or webcast where there is an opportunity to interact with the speaker in real-time qualify as live interactive CLE. Make sure any course you take indicates it is approved for Virginia live interactive credit. Contact the course sponsor with any questions. A partial list of already approved teleconference and webcast CLE courses is available on the MCLE page under Current Virginia Approved Courses.