Go to the Court Case Information System
. Select “Prince William County Circuit." Click “Begin." Select Division: “Civil." You can search by “Name” “Case Number” (don’t forget capital “CL”) or “Hearing Date” (click on calendar to change date).
If you click on “Search by Hearing Date” and then click on a specific case number, you’ll get the main page (“Case Details”) that at the bottom has “Hearings." The “Room” is the courtroom number in which the case will be heard.
To return to the list of cases on the chosen “Hearing Date,” click on “Hearing List” at the top of the page.
Also, “Pleadings/Orders” and "Services" at top of page can give you more information about the case.
Confirmation of Trial
Counsel will receive a call from Judges’ Chambers the week before trial requesting an estimate of the time necessary for trial and confirming that a jury, if one was previously requested, is still required. The day before trial, Counsel will receive a second call asking for confirmation of the time estimate. It is essential that Counsel promptly return calls from Chambers for time estimates. The number reserved for this purpose is 703-792-6013. (This is not a general number for use in calling Chambers, but rather reserved for time estimates and the like for
upcoming trials.) Counsel who know they will be unavailable on the day prior to trial should arrange for staff to provide time estimate information to Chambers.
Cases are assigned to judges on the afternoon preceding the trial based on availability and counsel’s time estimates. Make every effort to provide an accurate time estimate. Failure to provide an accurate time estimate can severely disrupt the court’s schedule. If Chambers does not know the time estimate and the docket is full, the Judge may assign the case as a hold case that will be heard as soon as a Judge has completed his/her assigned docket.
Counsel are encouraged to conduct settlement negotiations in advance of the trial date. Judges may assist in settlement discussion if requested and some will invite discussions on their own either immediately prior to trial or during trial.
When a case settles in advance of trial, it is both parties’ responsibility to inform Chambers at 703-792-6010 and all witnesses as soon as possible thereafter. Revised time estimates should be called in to this number703-792-6010 in event of a partial settlement or complete settlement when counsel wishes to appear solely to make a record of settlement agreement.
Removing a Case from the Docket
The Clerk’s Office cannot remove a case from the docket unless it is agreed to by both parties. To remove a case or continue a case, the attorneys/pro se parties must call Judges’ Chambers 703-792-6010. Only a Judge can continue a Show Cause.
If your case is on the hold docket, in lieu of waiting in the hallway for the case to perhaps be called, counsel can agree to set the matter over for a new data certain. See the person at the desk outside of Chambers to obtain a new date.
To reschedule a hearing or trial that has been continued to a date certain, you must follow the same procedure available when the hearing/trial was set.
If you cannot come to court when scheduled/summoned
If you are a witness, contact the attorney/pro se party that summoned you.
If you are a party to the case, please contact your attorney. If you are a pro se party, notify the Clerk’s Office or firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is an emergency on the day of court and you cannot appear, call 703-792-6010.