Setting/Removing Civil Motions
Civil motions are heard on Fridays at 10 a.m. Civil cases involving the Commonwealth Attorney's office are heard at 9 a.m.
To set a case on Motions Day, you must file a praecipe/notice with the motion in the Clerk's Office (room 314) no later than 5 p.m. the Friday two weeks prior to the Motions Day scheduled. Initial civil filings will not be placed on the Motions Day docket until the third (3rd) Friday after the filing in the Clerk's Office unless given leave of Court.
The Clerk's Office requires that the first page of Civil Motion’s Day Notices and Praecipes be on yellow paper. The Clerk’s Office will continue to enter those submitted on white paper, but is no longer able to ensure that these will be entered in a timely manner. If submitting multiple filings, it is suggested that any Notice or Praecipe be placed on top.
If you are filing a civil motion with Prince William County Circuit Court for an active case or you are filing an original case at the time you are filing the motion, you can have your personal confirmed copy of your motion file stamped on the back of the motion by one of the clerks. That is considered your personal copy of 'proof' that you have filed a timely motion.
We do not accept faxed or e-mailed pleadings.
Removing a Case from the Motions Day Docket
Cases may be removed from the Motions Day docket by calling Judges' Chambers at 703-792-6010 if all parties agree to removing the case from the docket. Generally, cases may be removed up to the close of business on the Thursday preceding. In addition to removing a motion, the Clerk’s Office needs a pleading stating the reasons and that it is by agreement of the other counsel/party. If a judge has set a case on the motions day docket for entry of an order, the case may not be removed without permission from the judge.
To place cases back on the docket after being removed, a new praecipe/notice must be filed with the Clerk's Office within current Motions Day guidelines. Also, please note on the motion that you are continuing the motion from the current date to the future date.
Even if it is announced in Court that a case is continued, the attorney/party must timely file a new praecipe/notice.
Removing or Continuing a Motion:
Motions may be removed or continued by consent of the parties prior to motions day by notifying Chambers at 703-792-6010. New notice must be timely filed to put the motions back on the docket. Without consent, the request must be made to the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. If a judge (as opposed to a party) has put a case on the docket (such as for a Rule to Show Cause), it may not be removed without the permission of the judge, regardless of whether or not the parties consent.
Motions Day Schedule and Time Limitations:
Motions day begins at 10 a.m. with the Judge calling the docket to obtain time estimates from counsel. Time estimates are used to prioritize cases, with the Court normally taking the shorter motions first. Accordingly, the time estimate given should reflect the total time for both the moving and responding party.
There is a maximum 30-minute time limitation for motions heard on a regular Friday motions day. If a motion will take longer than thirty (30) minutes for the Court to hear, it will be referred to Judges' Chambers to be scheduled for a date certain. If counsel cannot agree whether a matter can be heard in thirty (30) minutes or less, they should indicate this at the call of the docket and the Court will either grant five (5) minutes for argument to determine whether or not the motion can be heard on the regular docket, or, in its discretion, will direct the litigants to obtain a date certain.
Motions Day Docket
Each judge will normally open the Motions Day docket by calling each case for a time estimate. The shorter cases are taken first. Each case will not exceed 30 minutes. Motions that attorneys/pro se parties know will exceed 30 minutes should seek a date certain through Term Day or by calling Judges' Chambers at 703-792-6010.
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