Local Civil Rules


This plan was developed through the joint efforts of the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Circuit Court Judges, the Clerk of the Circuit Court and the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association. Through a grant received from the State Justice Institute the Court was able to retain the services of a consultant, Michael F. Thomas, President, Justice Planning Associates, Inc., of Columbia, South Carolina.

1. Purpose

To provide for the expeditious and just resolution of civil proceedings, to promote uniformity and simplicity in procedure, fairness in administration, and the elimination of unjustifiable expense and delay, and to enhance the efficiency of the system of justice in the Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk, the Circuit Court Judges have unanimously adopted the following local rules for civil cases.

These rules shall take effect January 1, 2020, shall supersede all prior procedures, and shall remain in effect until modified or revoked.

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