Norfolk Consolidated Courts Information
IMPORTANT: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public access to the consolidated court buildings is being restricted.
Do not enter the building if you have, within the past 14 days:
* Visited China, Iran, South Korea, Europe, or any other high-risk countries as noted by the CDC
* Traveled domestically within the United States where COVID-19 has sustained widespread community transmission such as New York
* Been asked to quarantine, isolate, or self-monitor by any hospital or health agency
* Been diagnosed with, or have had contact with anyone 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
INDIVIDUALS ATTEMPTING TO ENTER THE COURT IN VIOLATION OF THESE PROTOCOLS SHALL BE DENIED ENTERANCE BY A BAILIFF OR COURT SECURITY OFFICER, AND WILL BE DIRECTED TO CONTACT THE CLERK’S OFFICE BY TELEPHONE OR OTHER REMOTE MEANS TO INFORM THE CLERK OF THEIR BUESINESS BEFORE THE COURT SO AS TO RECEIVE FURTHER INSTRUCTION REGARDING ALTERNATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR COURT ACCESS.
Beginning Sept 22nd jury trials will resume. More information can be found HERE.
Click HERE to read the most recent judicial orders regarding COVID-19 and Norfolk Courts.
Norfolk City Jail Operations
Protecting the life, health, safety, and security of those in custody or working in the Norfolk City Jail is Sheriff Joe Baron’s top concern. In early March, Sheriff Baron implemented a six-point coronavirus response plan. The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office has since continued to ramp up its response and has implemented a number of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding COVID-19 in corrections facilities.
* Establishing a team to maintain 24/7 cleaning of high-contact areas of the jail
* Securing PPE and masks for all deputies
* Establishing a reserve force of deputies
* Coordinating with partners in courts to lower jail population by more than 300
* Educating inmates on proper sanitation and health guidelines
* Implementing strict health screenings and protocols for sworn staff
* Screening any new arrestees before being booked into jail
* Segregating new admits for 14-day medical observation period
* Waiving copayments for inmates experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms
* Suspension of Volunteer programs (classes now being conducted virtually)
NSO public notice regarding evictions in light of the judicial emergency
BEGINNING IN MARCH 2020 AND RECONFIRMED AS LATE AS AUGUST 7, 2020, VIRGINIA COURTS HAVE BEEN THE SUBJECT OF A JUDICIAL EMERGENCY DECLARED PURSUANT TO Va. Code Section 17.1-330. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ADVISEMENT IS TO PROVIDE CURRENT INFORMATION FROM THE VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT REGARDING RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS AND CIVIL PROCESS RELATING TO SUCH ACTIONS.
Q. Did the Supreme Court issue a new order regarding Evictions that takes effect August 10th?
A. Yes, the Order issued Friday covers the period of time from August 10th until September 7th
Q. What does the Order state regarding Evictions and Unlawful Detainers?
A. Starting Monday August 10th no new Writs of Eviction can be issued by any Court except for those that do NOT involve non-payment of rent.
Q. What about Writs of Eviction issued prior to August 10th?
A. They may be served and executed upon, however, tenants may be advised to have their counsel or they can ask the court for a stay of execution based on the Order of August 7th.
Disclaimer: The above information is provided as general information. The judges of the General District Courts will set forth the procedures to follow and this is not meant to be the law of any case.
Questions about any of this should be directed to the Staff Attorney at (757) 664-4344.
COVID-19 Screening Results
The Norfolk Sheriff's Office has taken an aggressive stance to slow the spread of COVID-19 within the NCJ. This includes testing every staff member and inmate.
(updated 11/18/2020 at 11:31 a.m.)
NSO COVID-19 TEST RESULTS
|TOTAL NUMBER OF DEPUTIES:||378|
|DEPUTIES CURRENTLY IN ISOLATION:||0|
NCJ COVID-19 TEST RESULTS
|INMATES COVID-19 POSITIVE CURRENTLY IN ISOLATION:||0|
COVID-19 Related Scams And Fraud
Fraud and scams have emerged specifically targeting people's fear of COVID-19.
The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office has a new consumer protection unit called Fraud Watch that has tools and tips to help you protect yourself.
Click HERE to learn more or to report an instance of fraud.
My loved one is an inmate at the NCJ. Will I be notified if they test positive for COVID-19?
A: The Virginia Dept. of Health epidemic team will notify an inmate if they test positive for COVID-19. In partnership with our medical team, jail staff will be in twice daily contact with any COVID-19 positive person, per VDH guidelines. Additionally, jail staff will allow the inmate to make a free call to notify their family. Privacy laws restrict our ability to confirm inmate health information without their consent - so please do not call the jail as we will not be able to release any information.
I believe my loved one qualifies for early release. How do I request he or she be let out of jail?
A: The decision to release an inmate must come from a court order. Reach out to your attorney and have them contact the courts.
I have a loved one who is a VADOC responsible inmate. Can you release him/her under the new VADOC policy?
A. We are closely monitoring the new VADOC policy regarding early release as it relates to COVID-19. At this time, we are awaiting guidance from VADOC regarding state responsible inmates in local jails like ours. We cannot release an inmate until DOC sends over the proper paperwork. You can read more about the DOC's plan HERE:
How do I add money to an inmate telephone account?
A: Click HERE to be redirected to our inmate telephone page
*Effective 5/4: GTL, our telephone provider, is providing ONE free five minute phone call per week through 5/17. This is a reduction from two free phone calls per week.
What do you do if you have a deputy test positive for COVID-19?
A: The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office will work in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health to conduct contact tracing and follow all state and local regulations.
I have questions about residential eviction during the COVID-19 emergency?
A: Click HERE to read our latest update regarding evictions.
How to contact us regarding COVID-19
Emails and calls will be monitored during normal business hours.
Please note that health information is protected by federal law and we cannot release any offender information. If an offender tests positive for COVID-19 they are given a free phone call to notify loved ones.