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    COVID-19: Important Notice Regarding Lynchburg Circuit Court and Clerk's Office Operation

    (Updated July, 1 2020)
     
    Due to Coronavirus, COVID-19, the Supreme Court of Virginia has issued a judicial emergency through July 19, 2020 for all Circuit Courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Part of this order advises individuals not to enter a building if they have, within the previous 14 days:
    • traveled internationally;
    • been asked to quarantine, isolate, or self-monitor by any doctor, hospital, or health agency;
    • been diagnosed with, or have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
    • experienced a fever, cough, or shortness of breath;
    • resided with, or been in close contact with, any person in the above-mentioned categories

    We encourage you to wear a face covering. If you do not wear a face covering, you will be subject to a temperature check upon entering the building. Those with a temperature reading of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed access to the building and will need to conduct business remotely.  Our office will still be issuing marriage license and concealed handgun permits by appointment. 

    In order to facilitate this, the following changes are being implemented until further notice:

    • We request that all customers and attorneys entering the building wear a mask, bandanna or face covering. If you are not wearing a face covering, you will be subject to a temperature check upon entering the building. Those with a reading of 100.4 degress or higher will not be afforded access to the building. Those individuals will need to conduct business remotely.
    • An inbox is available at the office entrance for “drop-offs” of general mail, filings, and recordings that are not time sensitive.  Staff will check this box regularly and process work accordingly.
    • The land records room is currently open, however, e-recordings of land records are accepted and encouraged through Simplifile.
    • Credit card convenience fees are reinstated as of July 1, 2020. ($2 convenience fee applies on transactions $50 and under, and 4% fees on transactions above $50). 
    • Copies of marriage licenses, divorce decrees, orders, or other documents may be requested by phone and can be mailed or sent electronically.
    • Parties to a case who need information such as court dates and court orders are encouarged to call the Criminal Division at 434-455-2697 or Civil Division at 434-455-3511 if they cannot contact their attorney.
    • Attorneys and their staff are encouraged to seek access to the Secure Remote Access (SRA) system and Officer of the Court Remote Access (OCRA) system for routine copies for all non-sealed civil and criminal court records.
    • SRA and OCRA purchases and renewals are back to normal.  During COVID-19 we offered free and extended existing accounts 90 days and that 90 day period has expired. 
    • Concealed handgun permit applications may be submitted via U.S. mail with a copy of your Driver’s License and copy of your completed Virginia Concealed Permit Safety Certification or will be taken in our office, by appointment.  Please refer to the Virginia State Police website www.vsp.virginia.gov for an application and further information.
    • Passport services will resume beginning June 29, 2020. 
     
    Scheduling Appointments
     

    Criminal Division           (434) 455-2697
    Civil Division                 (434) 455-3511
    Probate Division             (434) 455-2617
    Deeds / Land Records     (434) 455-2621
    Fines / Costs                    (434) 455-3510
    Judgments / Notaries       (434) 455-2620
    Marriage Licenses           (434) 455-2620
    All Other Services            (434) 455-2620
     
    Please refer to our website www.lynchburgva.gov/circuit-court or contact us by phone at 434-455-2620 with questions.  
     

    Lynchburg Circuit Court would recommend you utilize online services: