Covid 19 temporary procedures for status

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COVID-19 TEMPORARY PROCEDURES FOR STATUS CONFERENCE, TERM DAY AND SELECTION OF TRIAL DATES IN APPEAL CASES

DECEMBER 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Circuit Court Judges' Chambers 703-746-4123

You may call the Court ANYTIME between now and December 14th *Don't wait until the last minute; telephones get very busy

Telephones are answered: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., then again from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. DEADLINE FOR CALLING THE COURT IS December 14, 2020 at 1:00 P.M.

Telephone Calls Only - No in-person hearings during COVID-19. DO NOT COME TO THE COURTHOUSE. A. Read this entire notice. B. Call the Court (703-746-4123) to either (1) discuss service in the case; or (2) set a trial date. C. You may call the Court ANYTIME between now and December 14th.

Please do not wait until the last minute. The telephones get busier the closer we get to December 14th. The telephones will be VERY BUSY on December 14th, so you may want to call earlier than Dec. 14th. The deadline for calling the Court is Monday, December 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

1. Cases without good service ? Counsel or pro se litigant must call the Court to discuss the status of the case and why service has not been requested. Deadline for calling the Court is Monday, 11/9/2020 at 1:00 p.m. Your case may be dismissed if you do not call Judges' Chambers by December 14th at 1:00 p.m.

2. Setting Trial Dates ? For all cases, including those cases involving pro se litigants (a) If counsel and/or pro se litigants ARE communicating. All counsel and/or pro se litigants MUST communicate with each other to agree on a trial date and/or exchange availability for trial. (1) Preferred Method ? Counsel call Judges' Chambers together on a conference call to set the trial date. (2) Least preferred method - One person (preferably counsel) calls the Court to set the trial date. That person obtains available trial dates, communicates with the other counsel/party, and then calls Judges' Chambers again to reserve the trial date. Deadline for calling the Court to reserve the trial date is December 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. i. Trial dates go quickly. If counsel does not call back quickly (on the same day), the trial date may have been given to another case and would no longer be available for your case. (3) When a trial date is set - Counsel and/or pro se litigants shall submit a fully endorsed Uniform Pretrial Scheduling Order to the Court. (b) If counsel and/or pro se litigants ARE NOT communicating. (1) Required Method - All counsel and/or pro se litigants call the Court on a conference call together to set the trial date. Deadline for calling the Court is December 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. (2) When a trial date is set - Counsel and/or pro se litigants shall submit a fully endorsed Uniform Pretrial Scheduling Order to the Court.

3. Uniform Pretrial Scheduling Order - If a trial date is set, counsel and/or pro se litigants are encouraged to submit a Uniform Pretrial Scheduling Order immediately after securing the trial date. The order is on the Circuit Court's website at CircuitCourt (scroll down to Forms). (a) Counsel should submit the order within 2 weeks. (b) If the Court does not receive an agreed Uniform Pretrial Scheduling Order immediately after the Status Conference/Selection of Trial Date, the Court will enter the Uniform Pretrial Scheduling Order in accordance with Rule 1:18 of the Rules of the Supreme Court.

D. DO NOT COME TO THE COURTHOUSE (in-person status conferences and term days are suspended during COVID-19 due to social distancing requirements). Telephone calls only.

E. Your case may be dismissed if you do not call Judges' Chambers by December 14th at 1:00 p.m.

DEADLINE TO CALL THE COURT IS MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2020 AT 1:00 P.M.

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