COVID-19 Emergency Procedures
See the November 23, 2020, Loudoun Circuit Court Second Transition Plan (PDF) and April 29, 2020, Order Establishing Temporary Hearing Procedures (PDF) before filing your praecipe.
Please be advised that the following information pertains to the Circuit Court’s Civil Docket only.
- The Circuit Court of Loudoun County requires that a praecipe be filed to place a matter on the appropriate docket.
- The praecipe must be prepared by the attorney or the litigant who is requesting time on the Circuit Court’s Docket.
- The deputy clerks in the Clerk’s Office and the Court staff for the Judges cannot assist litigants with the preparation of court pleadings.
- If any litigant requires legal assistance with the preparation of court pleadings, they should consider consulting an attorney for legal assistance.
- If a litigant cannot afford the services of an attorney, they may consider contacting one of the legal aid organizations to seek assistance and/or to determine if they qualify for discounted or free legal services. View more information related to legal aid and legal assistance.
- Civil Scheduling Docket- All praecipes must be filed with the Civil Division at least 10 calendar days prior to the proposed date for the matter to be heard by the Circuit Court. Failure to timely file a praecipe will result in the matter not being placed on the requested docket.
- If the deadline falls on a Saturday, the deadline to file the praecipe will be the prior business day (Friday).
- Civil Motion’s Day - All praecipes must be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court at least 14 calendar days prior to the proposed date for the matter to be heard by the Circuit Court. Failure to timely file a praecipe will result in the matter not being placed on the requested docket.
- Note: Certain motions pursuant to the requirements in Rule 4:15 Opens a New Window. require filings at least 14 days before the hearing or Motions Day Docket.
- If a motion needs to be filed 14 days in advance per the rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the required praecipe placing a case on the Docket must also be filed at the same time; along with the brief or memorandum, required notice and motion.
Revising the Docket Process
The Circuit Court may revise the Docket process at any time and will post notice of any Docket changes in advance of the effective date of any changes to provide attorneys and litigants with sufficient notice.