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COVID-19 Information

Standing Orders Regarding COVID-19

Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19: Postponement of Resumption of Criminal Trials Until August 31, 2020 7/10/2020
Reauthorization of Video and Teleconference Hearings in Criminal Cases Under the Cares Act 6/26/2020
Suspension of Naturalization Ceremonies in the Western District of Virginia 6/10/2020
Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19: Phase I Reopening 6/8/2020
Western District of Virginia Re-Opening Guidelines 6/4/2020
Suspension of Naturalization Ceremonies in the Western District of Virginia Second Amended 5/20/2020
Public Access to Remote Judicial Proceedings; Confidentiality of Pretrial Services Report 5/1/2020

Procedure for Secure Review of Presentence Report by Defense Counsel with Detained Defendants During COVID-19 Pandemic 4/24/2020

Compassionate Release Cases Due to COVID-19 4/24/2020

Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID 19 Amended #2 4/16/2020
Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. Section 3161 4/8/2020
Temporary Closure of Clerk's Office Public Counters 3/30/2020
Interim CJA Vouchers During COVID-19 3/30/2019
Video Teleconferencing For Criminal Proceedings Under Cares Act 3/30/2020
Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 Amended 3/24/2020
Restrictions on Visitors to Poff Federal Building 3/18/2020
Suspension of Naturalization Ceremonies in the Western District of Virginia 3/16/2020
Restrictions on Visitors to Courthouses 3/13/2020

General Information

Preparing to Participate in a Zoom Video Conference
Face Coverings in Federal Poff Building

Forms

Consent to Proceed by Video Conference
Consent to Proceed by Video Conference Spanish
Waiver of Right to be Present at Criminal Proceeding

Naturalization

Due to the health threats posed by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, naturalization ceremonies are postponed in all divisions until September 30, 2020.

Public Access to Hearings

Hearings that are held via video conference or teleconference can be attended telephonically using the information below.

Phone Number Access Code
Judge Urbanski 888-636-3807  6963561 
Judge Jones 888-204-5984  7811881
Judge Dillon 877-336-1828  3723138
Judge Conrad 888-636-3807  2329791
Judge Moon 888-808-6929  4334643
Judge Kiser 866-434-5269  4595789
Judge Sargent 866-590-5055  1430652
Judge Ballou 877-336-1828  4517301
Judge Hoppe 877-336-1829  7541933

The general prohibition on photography, sound, and video broadcasting or recording of any civil or criminal proceeding still applies (see W.D. Va. Loc. R. 5).

Public Access Terminals in Courthouses

If you need assistance with accessing court documents and are not able or cannot afford to use PACER.gov, please call 540-857-5100 or email ecf@vawd.uscourts.gov for assistance.