Norfolk Consolidated Courts Information
Due to COVID-19, public access to the consolidated court building is being restricted.
Click HERE to read the most recent judicial orders regarding COVID-19 and Norfolk Courts.
In order to protect the health and safety of all court employees masks must be worn by all persons at all times inside the courthouse.
If you claim a medical/health exemption to wearing a mask, reasonable accomodations can be made to ensure access to judicial services however you may not enter the building without a mask. Please contact the clerk of the court to make arrangements for virtual or remote access to the courtroom, or to continue your case.
Additionally, contact the clerk to make virtual arrangements or ask for a continuance if you have, within the past 14 days:
* Traveled outside the United States
* Traveled domestically within the United States where COVID-19 has sustained widespread community transmission
* 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
Beginning April 5th, 2021 jury trials will resume. More information can be found HERE.
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 COVID-19 pandemic
This advisement is to let both landlords and tenants know about very recent developments in the law that may affect their respective rights.
The Virginia Supreme Court has continued in effect the Declaration of Judicial Emergency which has allowed evictions for other than nonpayment of rent since early September 2020. However the following Q and A format will bring our citizens up to date on the latest developments.
Q. Can a tenant still be evicted for violations of the lease OTHER THAN non-payment of rent?
A. Yes, the purpose of the moratorium and the recent changes to state law is to address financial hardship from loss of income due to COVID related closures.
Q. What if a tenant owes rent ?
A. Recent changes to the law state that if the landlord owns 4 (four) or fewer rental dwelling units and the tenant fails to pay rent within 14 (fourteen) days after written notice is served on the tenant notifying the tenant of his nonpayment and the rent is not paid within that period the landlord may petition to obtain possession of the premises and to cancel the lease. If the landlord owns more than 4 (four) rental dwelling units the landlord must give the 14(fourteen) day notice but also must offer the tenant a payment plan under which the tenant shall be required to pay the total amount due over a period of the lesser of 6 months or the time remaining on the rental agreement. The landlord must also provide information on the availability of the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program. See Code of Virginia 55.1-1245. This program may only be used ONCE during the period of any rental agreement.
Q. Are there any avenues for a tenant that still has difficulty paying the rent due to COVID closures?
A. if a tenant gets an evictions lawsuit filed against them for nonpayment and can prove that they lost income due to COVID 19 you may ask the court for a 60 (sixty) day continuance to give you additional time to work with the landlord to attempt to bring the rent arrearages current.
Q. Was the eviction moratorium regulation from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) extended past January 30, 2021?
A. Yes. The new Order recently entered allows for a “covered person” to seek the halt of a residential eviction for nonpayment of rent through March 31, 2021. It is up to the court to determine whether or not to provide or grant possession to the landlord. A covered person must establish that they have used all best efforts on to obtain government assistance for rent or housing, that they expect to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for calendar year 2020 – 2021, that they are unable to pay the full rent or make a full housing payment due to substantial loss of household income, they are doing their best to make timely partial payments and an eviction would render them homeless.
Q. Is there anything else a tenant must do to use the CDC Eviction Moratorium to prevent eviction?
A. Yes. The tenant must present a filled out declaration form verifying the above factors to the court either in person or through their lawyer. The form is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/declaration-form.pdf.
Questions about any of this should be directed to the Staff Attorney at (757) 664-4344.
COVID-19 Screening Results
(updated 09.24.2021 at 10:00 a.m.)
NSO COVID-19 TEST RESULTS
|TOTAL NUMBER OF DEPUTIES:||326|
|DEPUTIES CURRENTLY IN ISOLATION:||2|
NCJ COVID-19 TEST RESULTS
|INMATES COVID-19 POSITIVE CURRENTLY IN ISOLATION:||5|
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.